Professional Football In England Postponed Further To 30th April
Football across England will be postponed until 30th April it was announced today.
The move follows an emergency meeting by English football’s key stakeholders as the crisis around coronavirus (Covid19) deepens.
Last Friday, the Premier League, the EFL and The FA announced the postponement of elite football until 3rd April. However, as the week has progressed, the UK government has issued more stringent advice on social gathering as the crisis deepens which has seen UEFA take the drastic decision to postpone Euro 2020 for a year.
A joint statement released today, read: “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.”
Football leaders will now look at ways to complete the season but with so much uncertainty as to when the season will resume, it’s difficult to predict.
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, it has been agreed by The FA’s Board for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.
The statement continued: “The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.
“We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.”
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