Premier League and EFL Suspended in England & Wales.
Britain has been suspended until at least 3 April as a result of the spread of coronavirus. All games in England’s Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship, plus in Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland, are postponed.
The Premier League said play will start on 4 April subject to “conditions at the time”. But BBC sports editor Dan Roan says resuming on the date is privately deemed “almost impossible”.
FA chairman Greg Clarke is known to have expressed his fear at Friday’s emergency meeting that the season may have to be abandoned. England’s international friendly matches against Italy on 27 March and Denmark four days later are off.
The EFL, which hopes to resume play a day earlier than the Premier League on 3 April, said clubs were also advised to suspend “non-essential activities” such as “player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings”.
The Euro 2020 play-offs have also moved closer to being postponed after Fifa recommended that all impending internationals should be called off.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic are all scheduled to play their semi-finals on 26 March, with the finals five days later.
Suspension comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements worldwide.
- The London Marathon has been moved from 26 April to 4 October, with the Manchester and Brighton Marathons also postponed.
- Uefa has postponed next week’s Champions League and Europa League fixtures.
- In rugby union, Saturday’s Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland has been postponed, as has Sunday’s Premiership Cup final between Sale and Harlequins.
- Cycling’s Giro d’Italia, scheduled to start in Hungary in May, has been called off.
- England’s Test cricket series in Sri Lanka has been cancelled.
- Golf’s opening major of the year, the Masters, has been postponed.
- Formula 1 has called off the Vietnam Grand Prix on 5 April.
- Formula E is suspended for two months, affecting races in Paris, Seoul and Jakarta.