Premier League and EFL postponement extended until end of April

Premier League and EFL postponement extended until end of April
The postponement of all elite men’s and women’s professional soccer in England has been extended until no earlier than 30th April as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Games were initially suspended at the end of last week until 3rd April at the earliest after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus.

The decision to prolong the postponement was jointly announced by the top-flight Premier League, the English Football League (EFL) and national governing body the Football Association (FA), which runs the Women’s Super League (WSL).

All three organisations say they remain committed to completing the 2019/20 season after UEFA decided to postpone the 2020 European Championship for a year to allow more time for Europe’s domestic leagues to finish their campaigns.

The FA has also agreed to waive a 1st June deadline for the English professional soccer season to be completed, extending the limit ‘indefinitely’ for the 2019/20 campaign.

The statement said: ‘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.’

Adding: ‘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.’

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