The Barclays Premier League will be inactive until April 4. The decision to suspend the renowned soccer league has been informed by the wide spread of the deadly coronavirus that has left at least 4,600 people dead.
Following a meeting of stakeholders on Friday, it was unanimously decided to suspend the League with the intention of returning on April 4, the comeback being subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was confirmed to have contracted the virus forcing his self-isolation. Chelsea’s Hudson Odoi was also confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.
The League’s Chief Executive Richard Masters wished them well as physicians work on their recovery.
“Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19,” Masters said.
“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,” he further said.
“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,”
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