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Premier League and EFL suspended in England due to the spread of coronavirus

Elite football in England has been suspended till at least April 3 due to the spread of coronavirus.

All games in Premier League, Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship, and EFL in England, plus in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, are postponed.

The play of Premier League will start on 4 April, depending on the conditions at the time.

Football Association Chairman Greg Clarke has expressed his fear at the emergency meeting last Friday that the season might have to be abandoned.

The international friendly matches between England and Italy due to on March 27 and Denmark four days later are off.

The EFL hopes to resume play one day earlier than the Premier League on April 3. The EFL said it was advised that clubs had better suspend non-essential activities like fan meetings, player appearances, and training ground visits.

Since FIFA recommended that all impending internationals had better to be called off, the UEFA Euro 2020 play-offs might also be postponed, too.

Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the Republic are all planned to play their semi-finals on March 26 and the finals five days later.

Late on Thursday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was announced to have tested positive for the coronavirus, and then early on Friday, Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi also revealed that he had been affected. Meanwhile, a first-team player of Everton is said to have shown symptoms.

Earlier this week, some clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester City, Leicester City, Arsenal, Bournemouth, Real Madrid, and Juventus, revealed that they have some or even all of their staff in self-isolation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that suspending major public events like sporting fixtures was considered by the government but would be a measure to protect public services rather than delay the spread.

Meanwhile, the EFL said although this decision had not been lightly taken, they had to prioritize the health of players, staff and supporters as well as acknowledge the national efforts in tackling this outbreak.

Football has also been suspended in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, and the USA.

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Premier League chiefs warn clubs to play behind closed doors due to the spread of coronavirus

Premier League chiefs have written to clubs to warn them that they should play behind closed doors due to the widespread of the coronavirus. This raises the case that Liverpool would win the title in an empty stadium.

SunSport revealed on Tuesday how Prem and FA chiefs had begun war-gaming virus scenarios during a bid to urge the season finished.

Italy last night announced that each one sport fixtures — including Serie A — are going to be staged behind closed doors until April 3.

In the present, all 20 Premier League clubs are sent a letter warning about the worldwide spread of Covid-19.

More than 95,000 coronavirus cases are reported in the whole world, with 87 within the UK, while more than 3,000 cases have died.

Clubs are being urged to make sure the very best hygiene standards but there was also an acknowledgement, for the primary time, that there’s an opportunity of the govt banning all large gatherings of individuals, forcing matches to be played without fans.

That would be the choice of pis aller for Premier League chiefs and also the clubs, with a priority that fans should prefer to congregate outside of grounds hosting critical matches.

Clubs have also been advised to scale back non-essential visitors and keep face-to-face meetings to a minimum.

Inter Milan have had two Serie A matches postponed since the coronavirus began spreading and also played an Europa League tie against Ludogorets behind closed doors in February.

David Moyes, West Ham boss, said last Saturday that if football goes behind closed doors, it’s not worthwhile since the sport is for fans. Therefore, he hopes that they will find the way to overcome what is happening.

Meanwhile, Zhang, who was born in China where the outbreak began, added that every club has a responsibility to deliver the proper message because safety is the highest priority.

UEFA has found out a working party to assess what action must be taken – and therefore the prospect of Champions League and Europa League ties over subsequent fortnight going ahead without fans is growing.

Italy fear their Wembley friendly with England on March 27 also will be axed.

The clash may be a key a part of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 preparations.