Exceptional measures taken to prevent spread of coronavirus

All elite English football postponed until April

2020/03/13 12:24
By Stephen Gillett
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All elite football in England has been suspended until at least 3 April due to the spread of coronavirus.

All Premier League games, EFL fixtures and matches in the FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship have been postponed.

The Premier League has said that action could resume on 4 April "subject to medical advice and conditions at the time".

The Football Association said England's games against Italy on 27 March and Denmark four days later are off.

The EFL, whose postponement is set to end a day earlier than the Premier League on 3 April, said its clubs were also advised to suspend "non-essential activities" such as "player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings".

Part of a wider effort

The suspension comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements across the globe.

Uefa has postponed next week's Champions League and Europa League fixtures, while French football's governing body has suspended its top two leagues.

The remainder of the Scottish football season has also been postponed indefinitely.

Several clubs - including Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, Bournemouth, Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid - have revealed that some or all of their playing and coaching staff are currently in self-isolation.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: "In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, government, the FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority."

The Premier League said its "aim is to reschedule the displaced fixtures", while the Football Association said "all parties are committed at this time to trying to complete this season's domestic fixture programme".

 

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