The news of the extended suspension to the 2019-20 Premier League season until at least April 30 is the big talking point on Thursday as the league season in England has been ‘extended indefinitely’ past June 1.
Following a meeting of Premier League clubs who were assessing the best path forward due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was agreed that the main aim is to finish the current campaigns across English football.
Key figures have been responding to the statement released by the Premier League, Football Association, the English Football League and the women’s professional game in the UK.
Arsenal have said they are “fully supportive of this decision which was endorsed at Thursday morning’s Premier League shareholder meeting. Of course, we all want to be back playing football as soon as we possibly can, but only when it is safe to be doing so.”
Here’s what people are saying about the Premier League suspension and the new dates which could well change in the coming weeks:
Sky's sport correspondent, @marthakelner has the latest.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 19, 2020
We taped a pod discussing what cld happen when PL resumes.
My offering; This ssn has to be completed, even if it takes until Dec.
If so, 2020/21 cld be a ‘Clausura’ style ‘sprint’ ssn bet Jan & May. Then back on track for 21/22.
Just an idea. More pressing matters now obvs.. https://t.co/J2BFAxZLGr
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) March 19, 2020
I don’t see the necessity to finish the football season. This will lead to a lot of lower teams going out of existence. Scrap relegation for 1 year + filter money down to those that need it. End the season + where you are now is where you stay. If possible only play games in hand
— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) March 19, 2020
NEW: FA board agrees to “extend indefinitely” time limit to end of season. European football hopes to complete leagues by 30 June but that is still flexible. Nothing set in stone when season will end. #SSN #COVID19
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) March 19, 2020
More coronavirus connections to soccer:
- The 2019-20 Premier League season suspended until end of April, season ‘extended indefinitely’ beyond June 1.
- Premier League players told to train at home as clubs react to new UK guidelines.
- Copa America moved from 2020 to 2021.
- EURO 2020 postponed to the summer of 2021.
- Which soccer leagues are still playing?
- Mason Mount breaks self-isolation and ‘reminded of responsibilities’ by Chelsea.
- The Premier League has postponed play through at least April 3. Aston Villa’s chief executive called it “a very good decision” while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said we must “protect each other.”
- CONCACAF has suspended play for a month, while UEFA postponed all fixtures next week ahead of a meeting to discuss plans for both club and international European competitions including the Champions League and Europa League.
- Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is the first Premier League player to test positive for coronavirus.
- Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested posted for coronavirus and the players and staff at the club are self-isolating.
- MLS announced its 2020 season is suspended for at least 30 days.
- Three Leicester City players are in self-isolation after displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
- Real Madrid players in isolation and La Liga games suspended for the next two weeks after Real basketball player tests positive for coronavirus.
- Serie A is considering alternative ways to conclude its scudetto and relegation races, including playoffs or the non-awarding of a champion.
- Juventus confirm that their defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus.