English Premier League is further postponed and will only resume “as soon as it is safe”
The last Premier League fixture was played by Leicester City against Aston Villa on March 10 and was
initially postponed until at least April 4 due to the global pandemic. The Football Association (FA) then
confirmed that all professional football in England will be halted until at least April 30. However, the FA
has confirmed that the postponement will now be “extended ‘indefinitely”.
In a statement, the football governing body said, "The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s
professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our
thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19.” They also said that they are “finding ways of
resuming the 2019-20 football season” to be “played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.
The FA's rules and regulations state “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.
This indefinite suspension is a huge blow to the champion-waiting leaders of the league table, Liverpool.
The Reds are just two wins away from ending their title drought and finally lift the Premier League
trophy after 30 years. Their last Premier League match was a win against Bournemouth that recovered
them from their first defeat in the league against the then relegation-placed Watford.
Meanwhile, the UEFA Euro 2020 along with Copa América by the South American Football Federation
was also postponed and will resume after a year. UEFA are still to decide how they will conclude the
Champions League and the Europa League. “It is at times like these, that the football community needs
to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said.
So far eight Premier League teams – Arsenal, Leicester City, Chelsea, Manchester City, Watford,
Bournemouth, West Ham and Everton – have confirmed that they are self-isolating. Previously, Arsenal
manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi are English football figured reported to
have tested positive for the disease.
Among the notable sporting events halted due to the pandemic includes, Dutch, Spanish and Monaco
Grands Prix Formula one with the new season to commence on June 7 as the earliest. The Indian
Premier League (IPL) also postponed the start of the new season for 17 days. However, Tokyo 2020
Olympics remain firm in continuing the event.
At the time of writing, there are 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID globally, reaching more than 9,000
deaths. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized Europe as the new epicenter of the
pandemic. In Italy alone, over 30,000 confirmed infections and nearly 3,000 deaths are reported. The
novel coronavirus that started in one Chinese city was declared pandemic by the WHO.