BREAKING: English Football Increases Suspension To April 30 Amid Coronavirus Concerns
The Football Association has announced that there will be no professional football in England until at least April 30 after officials from all 20 English top-flight clubs spoke over a conference call on Thursday due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
This pronouncement was taken to renege on a previous decision which suspended the country’s fixtures until April 3.
The further suspension of English football is no surprise as confirmed cases of Covid-19 has skyrocketed to more than 2,500.
The official statement from the FA says they are in support of UEFA’s decision to postpone EURO 2020 and further stated that the Premier League, the EFL and women's football will continue to be suspended until April 30 "at the earliest."
A statement after the meeting, published by the Premier League said: "The FA, Premier League, EFL and women's professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.
"We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.
"We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.
"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, The FA's Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.
"Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April."