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Premier League and EFL postponed until April – Coronavirus

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Premier League and EFL postponed until April - Coronavirus

The FA, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have joined the EFL and Premier League in postponing their fixtures for safety reasons.

The Premier League and EFL have postponed all
fixtures until April 4 and 3 respectively at the earliest due to the
threat of the coronavirus.

The Football Association has also postponed England’s
international friendly matches against Italy and Denmark, scheduled for
March 27 and 31 respectively, while the FA Women’s Super League and FA
Women’s Championship fixtures have also been postponed.

The measure to postpone Premier League football was agreed at an “emergency club meeting” on Friday and in light of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea midfielder Callum Hodson-Odoi confirming they had tested positive for the virus.

The news was confirmed in a collective statement: “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.”

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