All the major football leagues across the globe have been suspended almost indefinitely due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The world has come to a lockdown to tackle this outbreak.
After Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for Coronavirus, Premier League was initially postponed till 3rd April. But the things didn’t get any better so they decided to extend the suspension till 30th April.
But sadly, things have further taken a turn for the worst. The world is mourning right now because of this COVID-19 outbreak. So Premier League has now decided that the football matches will not restart at the beginning of May. It will resume when it is appropriate and safe to play.
Premier League released a statement, which read: “At a meeting of Premier League shareholders today, clubs discussed in detail how to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic.”
“First and foremost, it was reaffirmed that the overriding priority is to aid the health and wellbeing of the nation and our communities, including players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters. It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.”
“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution. With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition. However, any return to play will only be with the full support of the government and when medical guidance allows.”
As the EURO 2020 and Copa America 2020 has been moved back to 2021, the leagues will get time to finish off this season in June and July. So let’s hope for the best so that we can once again enjoy this glorious sport.
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