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Premier League Officially Suspended Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak

Premier League Officially Suspended Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak

The Premier League and EFL have officially suspended matches until April 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

All 20 Premier League clubs were present via a video conference call at an emergency meeting on Friday morning where they agreed to postpone the 2019/20 league campaign.

The postponement includes all matches in the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all academy and youth-team fixtures.

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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."

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The Premier League joins Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in being suspended.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta became the first Premier League manager to test positive for coronavirus, while Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is the first player in the league to be diagnosed. Both are self-isolating and recovering.

UEFA have also postponed all the Champions League and Europa League matches next week, which includes Barcelona vs Napoli and Bayern Munich vs Chelsea.

Topics: Football News, EFL, Football, Premier League, coronavirus

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.