London: England’s Premier League and Football League’s current season has been suspended until at least 30 April because of the continued spread of coronavirus.
The decision came after the English Premier League held an emergency board meeting with all 20 clubs to discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Football Association, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game bodies, along with players and managers associations, agreed to extend the formal end-date for the 2019/2020 season “indefinitely” in a bid to try to complete the campaign, they said in a joint statement.
The league had initially been suspended until April 3, but the extension comes as the UK government steps up its response to the outbreak.
FA chairman Greg Clarke also expressed his concern that it might prove impossible for the season to be concluded.
Fifa has also established a working group to tackle the issues facing football as a result of the pandemic. The group will look at the international fixture calendar, and issues around player contracts.