April is a washout, say Premier League

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 19th March 2020

The Premier League have extended the suspension period of all matches until the end of April.

Last week it was announced that there would be no fixtures played until 3 April as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

But less than a week later the Premier League - in conjunction with the Football League, who oversee the Championship and League One and Two - have pushed the date back to 30 April, at the earliest.

No play 'til May: season deadline extended

"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," read a statement released of behalf of the governing bodies.

"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."

Even though the FA have permitted the extension, it is still considered highly unlikely that the 2019/20 season will be able to be completed as a result of the rising number of infections.

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