The Premier League is holding an emergency meeting this morning and is expected to postpone fixtures for ’several weeks’ over coronavirus. Things escalated last night when Arsenal confirmed Mikel Arteta had tested positive.
Chelsea winger Callum Hudons-Odoi has also tested positive sending shockwaves through English football. Leicester have quarantined three players who have suffered from symptoms.
While most leagues and other sports are already in lockdown the Premier League was preparing to go ahead as planned.
But that now looks set to change with a phone conference meeting being held at 10.30am this morning.
It is expected the Premier League will announce a temporary suspension which could last ‘several weeks’ according to the BBC.
A complete abandonment remains unlikely.
Dan Roan tweeted: “Premier League emergency phone-conference at 10.30am
“Suspension of several weeks most likely, to take in international break.
“Abandonment unlikely at this stage.
“Hudson-Odoi & Arteta both test positive.”
Last night the Premier League reacted to Arteta’s positive test by arranging the emergency meeting.
A statement said: “In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures.
“The Premier League will make no further comment until after that meeting.”
It has been reported that some clubs want the league voided but there remains huge complications with that outcome.
Financially it would be a nightmare with the relegation and European spots not yet sorted.
Liverpool are also six points from their first Premier League title and their fans would go into meltdown should they be denied.
Arsenal’s game with Brighton has already been postponed this weekend while the full calendar is expected to go.
In Scotland it remains business as usual ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm derby.
Hudson-Odoi tweeted: “Thank you for all your good wishes, as I said in the video I’m feeling good and hope to see you all soon!!”
Published at Fri, 13 Mar 2020 08:01:00 +0000