The Premier League has been suspended until at least April 3 due to the coronavirus. The league had hoped to carry on but has made the decision following Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi testing positive for COVID-19.
The football calendar has been thrown into doubt with a number of clubs now quarantining players.
And now the Premier League and EFL are suspended until the end of the international break.
England’s games with Italy and Denmark are also off.
A statement from the FA read: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.
“This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus.
“It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the FA Cup and the Women’s FA Cup, along with academy and youth-team matches.
“The decision is being made purely on the number of cases requiring self-isolation and the impact on facilities. Given the steps being taken across clubs, there is no alternative but for today’s action. However, all parties are committed at this time to trying to complete this season’s domestic fixture programme and are liaising to establish appropriate options to do so.
“The FA is liaising with the National League pyramids (men’s and women’s) and will continue to offer guidance and support. Any decision to continue playing or to postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each league as autonomous bodies within the game.
“With respect to the senior men’s fixtures against Italy and Denmark at Wembley Stadium, refunds will be processed to all ticket buyers within 14 working days.
“Monies will be returned to the card used to make the original booking. The refund process for England’s MU21 and MU20 home fixtures is still to be confirmed.
“UEFA had already confirmed that all Elite Round qualifiers across U17 and U19 age groups had been postponed. Europe’s governing body will meet on Tuesday to discuss further implications for international football including national-team and club competitions.
“We will continue to monitor all Government advice with the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and well-being of all. Further updates will follow in due course.”
Brendan Rodgers confirmed three Leicester players were in isolation yesterday, while Everton and Bournemouth have announced issues this morning.
UEFA have also announced all European games scheduled for next week are now off – meaning the Champions League and Europa League are delayed.
It comes after most sports were axed yesterday including the Australian Grand Prix, the ATP tennis tour, and the PGA Tour.
But the Premier League had vowed to battle on following talks with Prime Minster Boris Johnson during the Cobra meeting.
However following Arteta and Hudson-Odoi contacting the virus the league has moved to postpone the season.
The EFL is also suspended and is set to resume on April 3 as well, however there are fears the seasons could be delayed further depending on the virus.
Hudson-Odoi says he is now feeling fine after picking up the virus.
He said: “Hi guys, as you may be aware, I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I’ve recovered from.
“I’m following the guidelines and self-isolating myself from everybody for a week.
“I hope to see everybody soon and I’ll hopefully be back on the pitch soon.”
While Arteta said: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
As it stands Liverpool could now win the title in the first game back against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Published at Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:29:00 +0000