Coronavirus halts English Premiership matches

Coronavirus has ground the English Premiership to a halt as all football games in England have been suspended until April 3, 2020.

According to a report by BBC, 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 chief executive, Richard Masters said the situation is unprecedented as the health of players and staff are top priority.

“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,” Masters said.

The Premier League, however, reassured that it aims to reschedule the displaced fixtures when action resumes on April 4 – subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.

The Football Association said England’s games against Italy on March 27 and Denmark on March 30 are off.

Clubs have also been advised to suspend non-essential activities such as player appearances, training ground visits, and fan meetings till further notice.

The suspension comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements worldwide. Already, Uefa has postponed next week’s Champions League and Europa League fixtures.

On Thursday, March 12, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus, and early on Friday Chelsea striker, Callum Hudson-Odoi revealed he had been affected.

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