Premier League and EFL postpone English football due to Coronavirus
The Premier League and EFL have announced that the English domestic leagues will be suspended until April 3 due lớn the Coronavirus outbreak, while England's matches against Italy and Denmark will no longer take place in [url=https://soccertips.net/]soccer tips[/url]
All FA Cup matches and the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship will also stop play until the early April date.
Scotland has followed England in cancelling all football activities immediately, including Sunday's Old Firm clash and five other fixtures across the weekend postponed.
The decision comes after other top domestic leagues around Europe announced a temporary stoppage and English clubs started to self-isolate their squads and Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi contracted the virus.
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The Bundesliga in Germany will continue but games will be played without spectators.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: "Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.
"In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority."
England games called off[/b]
England were set to play both Italy, March 27, and Denmark, March 31, at Wembley, in European Championship warm-up matches, but the FA have now cancelled these contests.
England's next schedule game is now Austria in Vienna on Tuesday June hai, followed by Romania at Villa Park, Birmingham, on Sunday June 7.
In a statement the FA said: "This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due lớn the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus.
"It will also apply lớn all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the Emirates 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 lớn trying to complete this season’s domestic fixture programme and are liaising lớn establish appropriate options lớn do so.
We are liaising with the National League pyramids (men’s and women’s) and will continue lớn offer guidance and support. Any decision lớn continue playing or lớn postpone their respective competitions is a matter for each league as autonomous bodies within the game."
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In a statement, the EFL said: "This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps lớn isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.
"The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.
"In addition, Clubs are being advised lớn suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited lớn, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.
"Whilst the EFL Board has continued lớn take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.
"A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.
"This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak."
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