English Football Season Has Now Been Suspended Until At Least 30 April
The English football season has now been suspended until at least 30 April due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Our board has agreed to extend the 2019-20 professional football season indefinitely, with leagues and competitions now suspended until at least 30 April.https://t.co/tVh1EadOta
- The FA (@FA) March 19, 2020
The FA, Premier League, EFL and women's professional game, together with the PFA and LMA met to decide what would happen in the coming weeks following the global pandemic.
A collective statement reads: "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."
The statement continues: "Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.
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"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."
UEFA today announced the postponement of UEFA EURO 2020.
A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season...
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- UEFA (@UEFA) March 17, 2020
This announcement follows UEFA's decision to postpone Euro 2020 until next year.
The tournament, which was set to take place this summer, has been moved to a starting date of 11 June 2021, with the intention of allowing countries to finish their domestic seasons following the uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
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