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BREAKING!!! Coronavirus - All Elite Football Suspended In England Now Too...

Blanket Suspension makes sense in light of developments world wide...

Chelsea FC v Everton FC - Premier League
A fan seen wearing a disposable face-mask prior to the EPL match between Chelsea and Everton recently
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English football has followed suite, hot on the heels of decisions taken by many of the game’s governing bodies including MLS and UEFA.

All elite football in the country has been suspended until at least April 3 as a result of coronavirus’ spread.

All Premier League, EFL and matches in the FA Women’s Super League and Championship have been postponed.

The Premier League has said it would resume on April 4 “subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.”

The English Football League (EFL) hopes to resume play a day earlier. It said clubs have been advised to also suspend “non-essential activities” such as “player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings”.

The FA has cancelled the upcoming games with Italy and Denmark at the end of March.

It’s been quite a last 24-hours for announcements as concerns around the virus reach new proportions. UEFA fixtures, international test cricket, golf’s Players Championship France’s two top tiers in football and Formula E have all issued cancellations as sport worldwide comes to a standstill.

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager has become the latest high-profile football personality to contact the virus, but others have talked about players and staff currently in self-isolation, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, Bournemouth, Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters had this to say -

“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, government, the FA and the EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”

The Premier League said its “aim is to reschedule the displaced fixtures”.

There have also been calls by member associations for UEFA to suspend its European Championships due to be played across Europe for five weeks, beginning in June this year. The popular solution appears to be to hold the tournament over until 2021, allowing leagues across Europe to complete their suspended fixtures in the months that would have been occupied by the tournament.