English football will not resume until 30 April at the earliest, the Premier League confirmed on Friday.
The coronavirus pandemic has put football around the world on hold as countries struggle to contain the spread, which has killed more than 23,000 people and infected more than 500,000. The English leagues were initially postponed until the first weekend in April but the Football Association announced last week that the suspension would last until at least the end of the month.
The Premier League, the EFL and the Professional Football Players’ Association met on Friday to discuss the situation, but have yet to decide when the campaign will resume. “The Premier League, the EFL and the PFA met today and discussed the growing severity of the Covid-19 pandemic,” confirmed a joint statement. “It was stressed that the thoughts of the three organisations continue to be with all those affected by the virus,” the statement said at the outset.
“The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.
“The leagues will not recommence until April 30 at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.
“Further meetings will take place next week to formulate a joint plan to address the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and supporters,” the senior English football authorities concluded.