Sporting events across the globe continue to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with the football season in England and France latest to have been suspended. Also Read - Coronavirus: Suspected Patient Jumps From Trauma Center in AIIMS, Suffers Leg Fracture
After a meeting of shareholders on Friday, Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have taken a unanimous decision to suspend the football season in England. Also Read - Coronavirus: People Are Not Believing in WhatsApp Forwards But Still Not Taking Social Distancing Seriously
“Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” Premier League said in a statement on Friday. Also Read - 'Aarogya Setu': How to Use And Download Government's Official COVID-19 Tracking App
The decision has been taken after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelesea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi were tested positive for coronavirus. “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19. In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government. The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority,” Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said.
The matches will be rescheduled when it is safe, the statement further read.
France too has suspended its football season ‘until further notice’.
The decision comes a day after France President Emmanuel Macron announced that schools in the country will be closed indefinitely to curb the spread of the virus.
“As the president of the republic stressed yesterday, the collective interest must be placed above all else. The urgency today is to curb the epidemic, protect the most vulnerable and avoid travel,” the league said in a statement.
In Germany, Bundesliga is also mulling suspension.
Portugal has also put its football season on hold indefinitely while Dutch and Swiss domestic leagues have been suspended till the end of March.