MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. The Executive Committee of the Russian Football Union (RFU) has approved the calendar of the season’s remaining matches of the Russian Premier League (RPL) and the Russian Cup, the RFU press service announced on Tuesday.
On June 2, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko stated that football matches of the 2019/2020 RPL season, which was earlier put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, would be resumed on June 19.
The RPL published on June 2 a calendar of the remaining matches of the Russian football championship. According to the new calendar, the 2019/2020 RPL Russian Championship’s Round 23 will be resumed on June 19 with a match between Krylya Sovetov FC and Akhmat Grozny FC. The following day will see a clash between football clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg.
Prior to the RPL shutdown, the league’s clubs completed 22 out of 30 scheduled rounds of the championship. On April 1, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) recommended restarting national football tournaments.
The RPL’s new calendar of matches stipulates the following dates to complete the remaining games of the national top football league: Round-24 to be held on June 26-28; Round-25 will be played between June 30 and July 1; Round-26 is now scheduled for July 4-5; Round-27 to take place on July 7-8; while matches of the Round-28 and Round-29 will be organized on July 11-12 and July 15-16 respectively.
Matches of the final RPL stage, Round-30, have been scheduled to start simultaneously at 7:00 p.m. Moscow time on July 22.
After 22 rounds of the 2019/2020 season of the Russian Championship, Zenit St. Petersburg FC ranks first in the national tournament’s standings with 50 points, while Krasnodar FC is third with 41 points following Lokomotiv Moscow FC, which currently has 41 points as well.
The Russian Cup semifinals are scheduled for July 18-19 as followed by the final match on July 25. In one of the semifinals Spartak Moscow FC will take on Zenit St. Petersburg FC. In the other semifinal Khimki FC will challenge the winner of the June 24 quarterfinal match between Shinnik Yaroslavl FC and Ural Yekaterinburg FC.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 by the WHO — have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 7,210,900 people have been infected worldwide and more than 408,900 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 3,550,900 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.
To date, 485,253 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 242,397 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 6,142 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.