COVID-19: English Premier League suspended until April

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Updated added on 19 March 2020 at 16:26 (SAST): The English football shutdown was extended until at least 30 April following a crisis meeting. “We’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday, 30 April,” said a joint statement by the English Football Association, Premier League, EFL, players and managers’ bodies.

The English Premier League announced on Friday that all fixtures will be suspended until April.

On Thursday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus, leading to their match against Brighton being postponed.

The first team squad as well as the team’s coaches will self-isolate. Chelsea also announced their players are self-isolating after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive.

Here’s the statement released following an emergency meeting held on Friday morning:

“The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

“This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

“The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.

“In addition, clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

“Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.

“A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.”

English Premier League current status: Suspended until April.

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Staff Reporter