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Premier League suspended until April 3 because of coronavirus

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General view of the matchday ball ahead of the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

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The Premier League suspended its season until at least April 3 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

All other English soccer leagues will do the same.

A meeting of the Premier League shareholders decided unanimously to suspend the league after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for COVID-19.

Previously the plan was for all Premier League games to take place in full stadiums this weekend after guidance from the UK government said it was safe to do so, but things change very quickly in this fluid situation.

The League issued the statement on Friday morning:

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 Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “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.”

Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.

In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.

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