Coronavirus: Premier League suspended until 30 April

Coronavirus: Premier League suspended until 30 April

The Premier League season is now suspended until at least 30 April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Football Association, Premier League and EFL issued a joint statement on Thursday, revealing that the current season can be "extended indefinitely". The bottom line is that all these organisations are comitted to reschedule the remaining matches as soon as it is possible and safe for the players. 



UEFA decided to postpone Euro 2020 for next year, allowing domestic league fixtures to take place in June. Normally, the league season should have been over at the end of May, but now fixtures could go well into July if needed. Most teams in the Premier League have ten matches left to play, but several clubs are also involved in the FA Cup and also in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. 



Last week, West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady said the current season should be declared null and void. On the other hand, Brighton chief executive Paul Barber expressed his belief that it would be "unjust" to deny commanding leaders Liverpool the title this season. On March 13 all matches were suspended, after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus. Since then, Arsenal say that  their "training centres in London Colney and Hale End were closed for deep cleaning. We have now reopened with a small workforce to maintain the facilities and training pitches, while a number of staff, including Mikel and the men's first team squad, are currently isolating at home. We're pleased to say that Mikel is feeling much better. He's in good spirits, doing detailed planning with the coaches and speaking to the players regularly." 

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