English soccer, including the Premier League, will not return until at least April 30, and the English federation assured that the season will be completed when it is safe.
These conclusions came out of the meeting held this Thursday by the different agents involved in British football to see what strategy to use in the face of the suspension of the sport due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
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“We are united in our commitment to continue the 2019/2020 football season and ensure that all domestic and European competitions are played as soon as possible when it is safe to do so.“the FA explained in a statement.
As stated by the federation, the rules governing English football maintain that the season cannot end later than June 1, but that the FA council has agreed “increase this limit indefinitely“for this campaign.
“Additionally, we have collectively agreed that professional football in England be postponed until at least April 30“
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
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– Premier League (@premierleague) March 19, 2020
In addition, the groups have shown their support for UEFA by postponing this summer’s Euro Cup to 2021, to give space to domestic and European competitions to be able to finish.
“The progress of COVID-19 continues to be unclear and we would like to repeat that the health and well-being of players, workers and fans is our priority. We will continue to follow the advice of the Government and work with it to keep the current situation under analysis.“
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this virus“the FA ended.
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The Premier League was suspended last week when Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta of Spain tested positive for coronavirus. Arteta was followed by Chelsea footballer Callum Hudson-Odoi. There have been several teams that have had their footballers in isolation from players who have shown symptoms of this virus.
This week, the British Government advised that all “mass gatherings“As they would be the sporting events had to be canceled, in order to try to mitigate the spread of the virus.