It was coming and we all knew that already major football leagues including LaLiga, Ligue 1, Seria A have been postponed for two weeks, UEFA too declared to close its matches until further notice, now the remaining two big football leagues had to follow.
The Premier League was supposed to be held closed-door but the situation has got even worse and finally, it has been called off until April 3 at the earliest.
After an emergency meeting on Friday, the decision has been taken that all forms of professional football in England be postponed until at least the beginning of next month.
The confirmed Coronavirus cases of Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had contracted coronavirus, put the players into risk. The Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been forced into a period of self-isolation, along with a number of Leicester City players.
A statement from the FA read: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until Friday 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.
“It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the Emirates FA Cup and the Women’s FA Cup, along with academy and youth-team matches.
“The decision is being made purely on the number of cases requiring self-isolation and the impact on facilities. Given the steps being taken across clubs, there is no alternative but for today’s action. However, all parties are committed at this time to trying to complete this season’s domestic fixture programme and are liaising to establish appropriate options to do so.”
On the other hand, the German football league Bundesliga has too been forced to call off all its matches to contain the spread of Covid-19. Like the Premier League, the German league was also supposed to be taking place behind closed doors this weekend but the DFL has, however, decided that they will join Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga, the Premier League, Eredivisie and MLS in bringing fixture lists to an enforced close.
Bundesliga action will be postponed until April 2 and it will indeed be difficult for all league fixtures to get completed before the next season and if the situations get worse then the leagues might get called off actually.
A statement released by DFL read: “In light of today’s developments regarding the coronavirus and suspected cases in direct connection with the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, the Presidium of the DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga has decided at short notice to postpone the 26th matchday for both leagues.
“In addition, the committee recommends, as planned, that the general assembly of the professional clubs, which will meet next Monday, continue to suspend play until April 2.
“One of the reasons for this is that, during the day, there were suspicions of coronavirus infections in the vicinity of several clubs and their teams and that further infections cannot be ruled out. Previously, 2. Bundesliga team Hannover 96 prescribed home quarantine for the entire team on advice from the local health authorities.
“In the international break between all clubs, taking into account the knowledge currently available – for example with regard to the international match calendar – the course of action should remain unchanged. The goal is still to end the season by summer – from a sporting point of view, but especially because an early end to the season could have additional consequences for some clubs.”
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