Full Statement: Premier League Suspended Until April Over Coronavirus Fears
Premier League

Full Statement: Premier League Suspended Until April Over Coronavirus Fears

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Following a meeting of clubs on Friday morning, Premier League and EFL games have been postponed until April 4 and 3 respectively at the earliest due to the threat of the coronavirus.

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship and England's international friendly matches against Italy and Denmark, scheduled for March 27 and 31 respectively, have also been suspended.

The decision to postpone the Premier League games was agreed on at an "emergency club meeting" on Friday after Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, and Chelsea winger, Callum Hodson-Odoi, tested positive for the virus.

"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," a collective statement confirming the postponement read.

"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."

The Premier League and other leagues in England join other top European leagues in halting their season. The Serie A in Italy, Spanish La Liga and the French Ligue 1 have also suspended games.

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