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Coronavirus: Premier League will not resume at start of May

By Tom Webber

London, April 3: The Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May and will only return to action once it "is safe and appropriate to do so".

England's top tier was initially suspended until April 3 after Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.

The hiatus was subsequently extended until at least April 30 due to the spread of COVID-19 and the league has effectively been put on hold indefinitely, though there remains a commitment to fulfil all outstanding fixtures.

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A Premier League statement read: "At a meeting of Premier League shareholders today, clubs discussed in detail how to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

"First and foremost, it was reaffirmed that the overriding priority is to aid the health and wellbeing of the nation and our communities, including players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters.

"It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.

"The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.

"With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition. However, any return to play will only be with the full support of the government and when medical guidance allows."

Dates are now available for club football to be played in June and July after Euro 2020 and the Copa America were postponed by a year.

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Story first published: Friday, April 3, 2020, 21:30 [IST]
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