Coronavirus Suspension: Premier League decides to extend the league suspension from April 30, with the problem of COVID-19 still persistent.
The Premier League on Friday decided to extend the ongoing suspension of the league season with the threat of Coronavirus still strong in England, and has said the league will return once “when it is safe and appropriate to do so”.
“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 League said in a statement.
The league maintained that its foremost priority was to aid health and wellbeing of the nation and communities, which includes the players, managers and staff of all clubs.
The statement added: “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.
The Premier League’s overriding priority is to aid the health and wellbeing of the nation and our communities. The 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 3, 2020
Meanwhile, in the wake of significant and continuous losses due to the absence of the games, and to protect employees throughout the professional game the Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to consult their players.
Earlier it was seen that three clubs, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly decided to drop the wages of non-playing staff and continued paying their players but with this decision, it might give a relief to the affected groups.