All football matches across the world have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Initially, Premier League and other English divisions decided to suspend the matches till 3rd April.
The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, have now collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The FA’s Board has also agreed to extend the 2019/20 season indefinitely in relation to Professional Football.
The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA are committed to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season as soon as it is safe and possible to do so— Premier League (@premierleague) March 19, 2020
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The official statement read: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19. “
“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.”
“The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that ‘the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June’ and ‘each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season’.”
“However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football. Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.”
“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.”
“We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.”
This is good news for all the English football fans as this season will be completed no matter how late it gets. Liverpool have been the most dominant side in England this season and they already have their one hand on the trophy. So declaring this season null and void would have been an insult to their 30-year long wait for the Premier League trophy.
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