COVID-19 shuts down Premier League

English Premier League

The English Premier League has suspended all matches until the weekend of 3-5 April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes just a day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 and their league match against Manchester City was postponed.

Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi then confirmed he also had the disease as Watford, Everton and West Ham United staff showed symptoms.

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The Football League and Women’s Super League have taken the same steps to curb the outbreak.

"The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England," read a statement.

"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.

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"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, when it is safe to do so."

LaLiga and Serie A have already been suspended.

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