Official: Premier League postponed until at least April 30th

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.

Following the diagnosis of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with said virus, the Premier League and EFL opted to suspend competitions until the 4th of April.

This suspension was just one of many across the globe, with major leagues such as Serie A and La Liga also postponing their competitions.

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.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: A general view of the Nike Merlin matchball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford FC at Old Trafford on February 23, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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.

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