Premier League suspended
The Premier League have postponed all games until April following the outbreak of Coronavirus among players and staff in the league.
Coronavirus has been in the news quite a lot in recent weeks.
The virus caused all activities in Italy, including Serie A, to be shut down for an extended period of time.
Despite that, the Premier League claimed on Thursday night that all scheduled games this weekend would go ahead.
However, that was before news spread of Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta testing positive for the virus.
Other players in the league are also in self-isolation.
Now, the Premier League and EFL have made the decision to suspend all games until April.
Premier League scheduled to return April 4
In a statement on their official website, the Premier League revealed that it was ‘unanimously decided’ in a meeting this morning that the competition should be suspended.
The league are aiming to play games on the weekend of April 4th.
They claim: ‘It is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.’
Richard Masters also reaffirmed that the welfare of players, staff and fans is paramount.
“Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19,” he explained.
“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.”
Only time will tell if the situation is better by April.
If not, the league could be delayed even longer.
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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
Possibly the biggest factor in the Premier League being suspended was Mikel Arteta’s positive test.
Arsenal confirmed that the Spaniard had the virus on Thursday night.