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Full Statement: Premier League Extends Suspension Until April 30

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

There will be no footballing action in the English top-flight until April 30 in the earliest after the Premier League extended the delay to the 2019-20 season.

The decision to move the date back from April 3rd to 30th was reached after a video conference meeting involving all professional football bodies in England was held.

In a joint statement, it was announced that there will be no action this month or next due to the coronavirus pandemic while this season will be extended indefinitely beyond the usual June deadline due to the "unprecedented" circumstances.

League leaders, Liverpool, who are 25 points clear at the top got a huge boost in their bid to win their first-ever Premier League crown amidst talks that the season would be voided.

While teams like Aston Villa, Watford, West Ham and the teams around them would also get a chance to escape the relegation zone.

The full statement read:

"The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

"We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

"We have collectively supported Uefa in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

"The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that 'the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June' and 'each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season'.

"However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to Professional Football.

"Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.

"The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.

"We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.

"We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19."

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