Sporting world hit hard by COVID-19
COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the coronavirus, has, in the last few weeks, caused major disruption to the footballing world.
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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
It was also confirmed earlier this week that the Euros and Copa America, which were set to take place this summer, have now been pushed back to 2021.
English competitions on hold until April 30th
Now, on Thursday the 19th of March, the English game has been delayed even further.
As mentioned above, the Premier League was due to resume in early April.
However, the FA have now put out a statement, in which they report that the professional game in England will be postponed until April 30th at the earliest:
We’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April.
The FA have also moved to extend the date by which the season can be completed.
As per the FA’s official website:
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, due to the current situation football finds itself in, the FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be ‘extended indefinitely’ for the 2019/20 campaign.
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