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Premier League Interim Chief Executive Richard Masters reflects on a competitive and compelling season.

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The 2018/19 Premier League season was competitive to the last, with fans across the world captivated by a brilliant title race.

The football played by Manchester City and Liverpool was of the highest quality and a joy to watch.

City edged it and deserve huge credit for their success - they are the first club to retain the Premier League title for a decade.

As the final stages of the campaign played out, I was struck by the performances of the clubs standing in the way of the top two. 

Leicester City matched Manchester City before Vincent Kompany settled things with an extraordinary goal, and Liverpool were pushed all the way by Newcastle United before a late winner from Divock Origi.

Wolves surprised everyone with a seventh-place finish. With 57 points, it was the best campaign by a newly promoted club since 2001.

A record number of goals were scored, and some fantastic ones too, from Kompany's to Andros Townsend's against Manchester City and Eden Hazard's against West Ham United.

As well as a successful domestic campaign, to have four Premier League clubs in the finals of the European competitions was a remarkable achievement.

Congratulations go to Liverpool and Chelsea for their respective Champions League and Europa League triumphs.

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I can't possibly look back on the season without paying tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Emiliano Sala and the other victims of the two tragic accidents.

Khun Vichai made an enormous contribution to Leicester City, and to the local community. In the face of such tragedy, the immediate response of the clubs and their supporters showed football at its best. 

Unfortunately, players and supporters had to witness some serious cases of discrimination this season. We and our clubs remain fully committed to fighting prejudice in all its forms.

We are developing new initiatives to improve BAME representation across the game to supplement those already in existence and we will build on our No Room for Racism campaign to keep letting the world know we are an open and inclusive football competition.

We take our responsibilities within wider society extremely seriously and local communities continue to be positively impacted by the wide-ranging programmes delivered by clubs. More than 500,000 children and young people engaged in activities run by the clubs we fund.

Events ranged from the Premier League Kicks Cup, which saw 90 Under-16 teams from across the country compete in a national football tournament, to more than 25,000 primary schoolchildren writing about diversity for the Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition.

On the pitch, I think we can all agree it was a compelling season with nine months of continuous drama.

Let’s hope for more of the same in 2019/20.

Richard Masters, Interim Chief Executive

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