After Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi catch coronavirus, all professional football in England is halted for three weeks. Therefore, Premier League stops matches until April 4.
The Premier League, League One, League Two, the Championship, FA Women’s Championship, FA Women’s Super League, and FA Cup quarter-finals have all immediately halted competitive action.
The two friendlies on March 27 and 31 of England at Wembley have also been postponed – while the Champions League and Europa League ties next week were called off as well as the European Championships in June are presently under threat.
However, with the situation expected to get even worse, it is not certain that the season will be ready to restart on April 3. Moreover, the packed football calendar can make it impossible to fit in every match before the planned end date of May 17.
Chief executive of Aston Villa Christian Purslow said that it was unsure whether or not the Premier League season would be completed after leaving a meeting at the League’s office in London.
Meanwhile, English non-league fixtures are still going ahead with the National League’s decision to allow matches in its three divisions to take place this weekend – offering an option to fans left without attending any game.
Scottish football has also announced an immediate suspension across all leagues, with every match postponed until ‘further notice’ while the Football Association of Wales has decided to postpone domestic football in Wales, until April 4.
The advice of government on mass gatherings in England has not changed in spite of the decision to move into the ‘delay’ phase in fighting with the virus, but the spread of COVID-19 among competitors has forced organizers.
It follows staff and players being affected by coronavirus, or individuals self-isolating after reporting the symptoms. Three players of Leicester are being tested and the squad of Everton are now in self-isolation.