Football season will only resume 'when it is safe to do so'

The EFL and Premier League have suspended the 2019/20 season indefinitely and will only resume 'when it is safe to do so'.

Friday, 3rd April 2020, 4:17 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 5:12 pm
Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson in action against Queens Park Rangers at Deepdale on March 7

Initially the season was halted until April 4 and then further to April 30 by the coronavirus pandemic.

But with the country now in the grip of the outbreak, no return date is being suggested.

The Premier League met on Friday to discuss the matter and announced the indefinite halt.

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In line with that, the EFL followed announced their suspension of the season.

Premier League clubs voted to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League as it was aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time.

A statement from the EFL said: As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the EFL, Premier League, FA and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship has today collectively agreed to postpone its football competitions until it is safe to resume.

"Football is committed in supporting the Government’s efforts in tackling the Covid-19 outbreak and the staging of football matches in this country. It is clearly something that simply cannot happen at this time. The thoughts of everyone associated with the EFL and its member clubs are with anyone currently affected by the coronavirus.

"The situation will be kept under constant review with matches only returning at an appropriate point and based on the latest guidance provided by the relevant Government departments and health authorities.

"The EFL also notes and appreciates the decision taken today by the Premier League in respect of the short-term financial relief it is to provide EFL clubs through the advancement of solidarity payments, parachute payments and Academy Grants.

"These actions will have a positive impact on individual clubs across our three divisions at a difficult and uncertain time."