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THE Premier League is to end the bonanza of live televised matches for the 2020-21 season.

Since the restart, every match has been available to watch on TV to make up for fans being banned from the stadiums.

The Premier League will 'revert back to normal' next season with only select matches broadcast live

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The Premier League will ‘revert back to normal’ next season with only select matches broadcast liveCredit: AP:Associated Press

All 92 games have been made available for fans, on Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and the BBC.

But despite there being no set date for allowing fans back into grounds, broadcasters are set to revert back to broadcasting select games, say The Athletic.

The report states Sky and BT will carry on as they have for years, broadcasting select games.

Amazon Prime will have their allotment of 20 matches for 2020-21.



Meanwhile, the BBC will go back to showing only highlights, with no live Premier League games.

The Beeb recently showed their first live top-flight match in 32 years in Crystal Palace’s win over Bournemouth last month.

The game fell agonisingly short of becoming the most-watched Premier League match of all time with 3.9million tuning in.

Losing the chance to watch all matches live on TV will be a huge blow to fans, particularly supporters of club who see fewer of their matches chosen for coverage.

But fans will be buoyed by the news fans might be allowed back into stadiums in September, redy for the start of the 2020-21 season.

Last month, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “I would really hope that by the return of the new season we might be in a position whereby some fans could start to return to stadiums.

“And I know that would be another important part of restoring the financial position of clubs.”

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Dean Smith thinks Aston Villa’s last-gasp survival last season was divine intervention

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Dean Smith believes divine intervention may have kept Aston Villa in the Premier League as he reflected on the lucky escape they had against Monday night’s opponents Sheffield United.

When the sides met at Villa Park in June, the Blades were denied a goal because Hawk-Eye failed to spot that Oliver Norwood’s free-kick had been carried over the goal-line by Orjan Nyland. 

As a result, referee Michael Oliver received no alert to his watch or earpiece. The game ended 0-0 and Villa eventually stayed up by a point.

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term 

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

Smith’s father Ron, a lifelong fan who worked as a steward at Villa Park, died in May aged 79 after contracting Covid-19, and the Villa boss revealed: ‘I am not really one for religion or anything like that but my dad had just passed away. 

‘His old steward’s jacket was in the Holte End and he had a thing about watches. So maybe he just wanted to play a bit of a trick that day.

‘It is one of those one in a million things. It had never failed before. People can say what they want about the goal but we stayed up on merit and there were many goals chalked off which shouldn’t have been. 

‘VAR was certainly contentious for Villa last season.’

Smith's father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out

Smith's father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out

Smith’s father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out 

Since avoiding relegation, Villa have brought in four players and tied captain Jack Grealish to a new five-year contract.

One of the arrivals, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, is expected to make his debut on Monday night after joining the club from Arsenal for an initial £16million.  

‘He’s a player who finished the season really well with Arsenal,’ Smith said. 

‘He wanted a fresh challenge and we’ve got a situation where Tom Heaton isn’t fit for the start of the season.’

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ON THE ROAD SPECIAL: Worthing, South Shields and Truro are back in business

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Matt Barlow at Cheriton Road – Folkestone 1 Worthing 2 

According to George Dowell’s five-year plan, this was to be Worthing’s first year in the National League South and they were firmly on track when the season was ended early.

The team known as the Mackerel Men were seven points clear at the top of the Isthmian Premier with seven to play when the axe came from the FA and ruled their fine campaign to be void.

It is still a sore point but time to move on. ‘I’m looking forward to watching some football again,’ said Dowell, who provides a unique perspective on such matters.

Worthing were back in action this weekend as they secured a 2-1 victory against Folkestone

Worthing were back in action this weekend as they secured a 2-1 victory against Folkestone

Worthing were back in action this weekend as they secured a 2-1 victory against Folkestone

Worthing owner George Dowell is adamant his team should be in the National League South

Worthing owner George Dowell is adamant his team should be in the National League South

Worthing owner George Dowell is adamant his team should be in the National League South

He was a teenage Worthing player when he broke his spine in a car accident a decade ago and was left paralysed from the chest down but he refused to let it end his footballing ambitions.

In 2015, Dowell bought the club using his compensation and they have been thriving since, with investment in Adam Hinshelwood’s team and the ground.

When the pandemic hit, fans raised £43,000 to complete an upgrade, taking the stadium to National League standards with new toilets, turnstiles, a new burger bar and better floodlights. Promotion is the target again.

Among the items sold to raise funds were souvenir shirts listing last season’s results on the front and the slogan ‘Expunged but not forgotten’ across the back.

They started the new campaign with a solid 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Ricky Aguila and Ollie Pearce at Folkestone Invicta, another team with eyes on promotion when football came to a halt in March. 

Worthing have thrived since Dowell purchased the club in 2015, with investment being made

Worthing have thrived since Dowell purchased the club in 2015, with investment being made

Worthing have thrived since Dowell purchased the club in 2015, with investment being made

When the pandemic hit, fans raised £43,000 to complete an upgrade, taking the stadium to National League standards

When the pandemic hit, fans raised £43,000 to complete an upgrade, taking the stadium to National League standards

When the pandemic hit, fans raised £43,000 to complete an upgrade, taking the stadium to National League standards

‘Sh** town, no pier’ sang the travelling contingent of Worthing fans. They, too, were delighted to end the six-month hiatus and yet remain distinctly unimpressed by the FA’s decision to deny them the chance to go up to the sixth tier.

They also wanted to know why midfielder Jesse Starkey should be serving out a suspension for a red card from the season that never was.

Worthing drew an average crowd close to 900 for home games last season. There were nearly 1,700 for the derby against Bognor.

Attendances in the Isthmian Premier will be restricted to 600 to comply with social distancing

Attendances in the Isthmian Premier will be restricted to 600 to comply with social distancing

Attendances in the Isthmian Premier will be restricted to 600 to comply with social distancing

Attendances in the Isthmian Premier will be restricted to 600 to comply with social distancing and, at Folkestone on Saturday, all the tickets went long before kick-off.

David Smith pulled one back for the hosts but they started with a defeat.

‘Not only did we lose but the Invicta TV camera appears to have died 10 minutes from the end of the game,’ groaned their Twitter account. ‘Terrible day all round.’

Only it did not feel like a terrible day. It was good to see football back at this level.

Matt Barlow – Truro City 1 Harrow Borough 0 

The expunged are back and Jack Richards cannot resist a laugh. When he first heard the word, he looked it up and found it defined as ‘to obliterate’ or ‘to remove completely, usually something very unpleasant’.

He wasn’t laughing then. It was March and nine months of graft were down the drain as the FA ruled the Southern League 2019-20 season never happened and Truro City would not be going up despite being clear at the top of the Southern League Premier South.

‘It’s a long time since I heard that word,’ said Richards, the former Surrey and England cricketer who returned to his Cornish roots and became the chairman at Truro.

Six months on and the new season started with a 1-0 win for the White Tigers against Harrow Borough, on Saturday, and a crowd of 420 fans, all carefully adhering to the new post-pandemic guidelines at Treyew Road.

‘It’s important that fans trust us,’ said Richards. ‘We want to make it safer to come to Truro City than it is to go to Sainsbury’s – and cheaper! We survived with the help of the furlough scheme and a good group of volunteers.’

They missed out on the usual money-spinning pre-season friendlies against Plymouth and Exeter but still have aspirations to become established in the National League and, over time, take a shot at the EFL.

Key to this is Truro City’s partnership with Cornish Pirates and Penwith College to create a stadium in Truro fit for Premiership rugby and EFL football while delivering a much-needed boost for the region.

‘God knows it’s not easy for young people down here,’ added Richards. ‘It’s a hard slog and we have to keep them motivated and give them something to aspire to. The stadium will help us to do this, promoting activity in deprived areas and bringing the county together. ‘There’s more sporting talent in Cornwall than we ever see.’

Truro returned with a win thanks to a splendid goal curled in by Rocky Neal, and match-day programmes hailing boss Paul Wotton as the ‘White Tiger King’.

Craig Hope at Mariners Park – South Shields 3 Mickleover 0 

‘Ref, are you part of their bubble?’ Welcome to 2020 and a new playbook of terrace wit.

It was heartening to hear the good folk of South Shields make light of this peculiar world – and they were in high spirits, 600 of them back inside Mariners Park for the first game of their Northern Premier League season.

There were no jokes back in June, however, when the club were told that the FA’s decision to null and void the last campaign would stand.

South Shields were 12 points clear and heading for the National League North for the first time in their history.

The only team to blow that sort of advantage in these parts were, infamously, Newcastle in 1996. A 2-1 defeat at Blackburn during that collapse was fatal. The scorer of Blackburn’s two goals? Geordie boy Graham Fenton, now joint-manager of Shields.

The 46-year-old said: ‘We’d have gone up last season, so it hurt, a lot. There were a few days of feeling aggrieved and then you get on with it, and here we are.’

It took just 90 seconds for Nathan Lowe to curl into the top corner, bestirring a roar of celebration six months in the making. Captain Jon Shaw headed a second and striker Jason Gilchrist hooked a third in stoppage time.

News of last week’s partial lockdown in the North East had left this fixture – as well as the prospect of the limited crowd – in doubt. But the sun shone on Shields, literally and metaphorically. ‘We’re drinking beer and watching football, we’re lucky,’ said one fan.

Elsewhere, a pre-match chorus of ‘happy birthday’ broke out among a group of regulars.

‘No singing without our masks!’ checked one of the gang.

Fenton spent the game sitting on what looked like a Marcelo Bielsa bucket. ‘Nah, the social-distancing thing meant I had to sit outside the dugout – I think it was a nursery school seat!’ he laughed. There was humour, but also caution. Shields want to make the Football League and, with the backing of chairman Geoff Thompson, there is a five-year plan to make that happen.

But skipper Shaw warned: ‘Football doesn’t survive without fans at our level. We’re fortunate to have the owner we have. But some clubs have gone. That saying, ‘One game at a time’, has never felt more appropriate.’

So this was a start and it felt good. But in a Covid world, who knows when that bubble will burst?

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Mikel Arteta rubbishes ‘lucky Arsenal’ claim as David Moyes is left frustrated by the officials

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The first touch of the ball for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came after 13 minutes and 48 seconds. Arsenal‘s first shot of the match came after 24 minutes and 17 seconds. They scored with that, too.

There was a time when this club was known as ‘lucky Arsenal’ – a tag born in the 1930s when disgruntled opponents would dominate games but somehow still lose to Herbert Chapman’s side.

Mikel Arteta says he doesn’t believe in luck, but David Moyes might believe in bad luck after this. West Ham were the better side and yet suffered their second defeat of the season.

Mikel Arteta said he doesn't believe in luck despite Arsenal leaving it late to beat West Ham

Mikel Arteta said he doesn't believe in luck despite Arsenal leaving it late to beat West Ham

Mikel Arteta said he doesn’t believe in luck despite Arsenal leaving it late to beat West Ham

This was Moyes’s 20th visit to Arsenal as a manager and he has never won. ‘Thanks for the reminder,’ said the Scot when one reporter mentioned that statistic.

Next up for West Ham in the Premier League are Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool. After this latest loss, seeing in November pointless is starting to look like a very real possibility.

But before tackling that frightening fixture list, Moyes will have to dissect where this match was won and lost.

There was VAR failing to award West Ham a penalty after an apparent handball by Gabriel, on the same day that Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof was penalised for something very similar. There was Michail Antonio failing to finish a chance from three yards, before hitting the crossbar.

David Moyes was left frustrated by the officials and VAR after his side were denied a penalty

David Moyes was left frustrated by the officials and VAR after his side were denied a penalty

David Moyes was left frustrated by the officials and VAR after his side were denied a penalty

Then in the final five minutes, West Ham’s disciplined defence faltered. Andriy Yarmolenko failed to track the run of Dani Ceballos, believing his centre back Issa Diop should have him covered. But Diop was preoccupied with Aubameyang. Ceballos collected the ball and coolly found Eddie Nketiah, the 21-year-old substitute, who made it 2-1 and secured a surprise three points.

To make matters worse for Moyes, Patrice Evra had regurgitated those old, unfounded rumours about his daughter and Wilfried Zaha while acting as a pundit live on Sky Sports earlier, too. So it was little wonder Moyes was in a foul mood when speaking to the press via Zoom afterwards.

Nothing went his way on Saturday, and it was the PGMOL who bore the brunt of his complaints.

‘We’re not really convinced by many of the rules but we have to accept them,’ said Moyes of the handball laws. ‘The hardest part is that we never get any good reporting back. We never get any clarity. They say they do but they don’t. They give you very little.

The Hammers were the better side at the Emirates but were unable to hold on for a draw

The Hammers were the better side at the Emirates but were unable to hold on for a draw

The Hammers were the better side at the Emirates but were unable to hold on for a draw

‘We make lots of mistakes – players and managers. But I’ve got to say the referees rarely make any mistakes. When we get the results back, very rarely have the referees or VAR made mistakes.’

Moyes, who added he wants to sign ‘three or four players’, was asked whether that was sarcasm. ‘I’d love to say it was just sarcasm but what I’m saying is actually the truth,’ he answered.

Arteta preferred to focus on how Arsenal would have lost this match ‘a few months ago’. He feels he has changed his players’ mentalities – and Sportsmail’s suggestion that his side had got lucky is rubbish, apparently.

‘You have to earn luck,’ said Arteta, smiling. ‘People who are lazy, they don’t work, they don’t put their passion into their work – I don’t think they can get lucky.’

Alexandre Lacazette is negotiating an extension after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new deal

Alexandre Lacazette is negotiating an extension after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new deal

Alexandre Lacazette is negotiating an extension after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new deal 

Arteta added he is glad to have those questions on Aubameyang’s contract behind him. But then he was asked about Alexandre Lacazette, who is currently tied down until 2022.

Negotiations have not started yet, but Arteta is confident they won’t let it get into its final year.

For Arsenal, they can look onwards and upwards. For West Ham, it’s looking downhill from here. Moyes could do with something going his way, both in the transfer market and on the field.

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