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Statement: PL to hold “emergency club meeting” on Friday

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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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LATEST UPDATE: Per a statement from Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal’s fixture away to Brighton, previously schedule for Saturday, has been postponed.

UPDATE: Following news of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta testing positive for coronavirus, the Premier League has released another statement regarding an “emergency club meeting” which is to be held Friday morning:

In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures.

The Premier League will make no further comment until after that meeting.

The Premier League announced on Thursday that all fixtures scheduled for this weekend will go ahead as planned.

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Read the PL’s statement in full:

Following the latest update from Government issued this afternoon, all Premier League matches will go ahead as scheduled this weekend.

While the Prime Minister advised that all sporting events should take place as normal for now, he also indicated that Government is considering banning major public events, like sporting fixtures.

We are therefore continuing to work closely with our clubs, Government, The FA, EFL and other relevant stakeholders to ensure appropriate contingency plans are in place as and when circumstances change.

The welfare of players, staff and supporters is of paramount importance and we will continue to follow Public Health England guidelines thoroughly.

We will keep everyone updated as appropriate.

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