Premier League suspended until April
COVID-19 (also known as and referred to as the coronavirus) has been making headlines around the world in the last month or so.
Unsurprisingly, given the scale of the virus, it has begun to have a huge impact on the footballing world.
The PL did state as late as Thursday that this weekend’s games would be going ahead.
But since then, Arsenal have announced that Mikel Arteta has been diagnosed with the virus.
Now, on March 13th, following a Shareholders meeting, the PL decided to suspend the competition with the intention of returning on April 4th.
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The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time
Klopp’s message to Liverpool fans
In the wake of the Premier League’s announcement, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sent a message to supporters.
The Reds are on course to lift their first-ever Premier League title, and currently have a 25 point lead over 2nd placed Manchester City.
But it looks like the Merseyside faithful will be waiting at least three weeks to get their hands on the trophy.
‘Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all’
Jurgen Klopp, and rightly so, doesn’t seem overly concerned with football at this moment, though, writing in his statement that if it is a choice between football and the good of society, it’s no contest.
The German also called on fans to do whatever they can to protect one another:
I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that.
First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.
I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.
Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy – just one – we do it no questions asked.
If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.
Today’s decision and announcement is being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. Because of that we support it completely. We have seen members of teams we compete against become ill. This virus has shown that being involved in football offers no immunity. To our rival clubs and individuals who are affected and to those who later will become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
None of us know in this moment what the final outcome will be, but as a team we have to have belief that the authorities make decisions based on sound judgement and morality.
Yes, I am the manager of this team and club and therefore carry a leadership responsibility with regards to our future on the pitch. But I think in the present moment, with so many people around our city, the region, the country and the world facing anxiety and uncertainty, it would be entirely wrong to speak about anything other than advising people to follow expert advice and look after themselves and each other.
The message from the team to our supporters is only about your well-being. Put your health first. Don’t take any risk. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.
Please look after yourselves and look out for each other.
You’ll Never Walk Alone,
As quoted by Liverpool’s official website.