Premier League fixtures along with Football Association, EFK and women’s soccer games have been deferred to mitigate the threat of rapidly spreading novel Coronavirus.
Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England
Following a shareholders yesterday, 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.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.
“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.”
Despite the challenges, 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.
In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.
“In this fast-moving environment, the Premier League will provide further updates when appropriate. These are exceptional circumstances and we appreciate the understanding of FPL managers while the situation evolves,” Premier League has started.
The Premier League had convened an emergency club meeting on Friday morning regarding future fixtures in light of Arsenal’s announcement confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Premier League has issued an update to fans traveling to fixtures this weekend following guidance provided by the Government and the NHS to help control the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
While the risk to the public has risen from low to moderate this week, at present there is no immediate rationale to close or cancel sporting events as they are not seen by the medical authorities as a major contributory factor in the spread of the virus.
This advice could change at any moment, so we would ask all fans to take care of themselves, their families and friends by following some basic rules.
The NHS is encouraging people to maintain good hygiene to avoid possible infection or spreading of the virus which includes:
– washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
– always washing your hands when you get home or into work
– using hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available
– covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
– putting used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterward
– trying to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
– Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you have recently traveled to the UK from countries with a higher risk of coronavirus you should seek medical advice. If you have been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.