All Premier League football has been suspended until April 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak after an emergency meeting was held between top-flight clubs on Friday morning.
The decision was confirmed on Friday morning after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus, while Everton have made the decision to quarantine as a precaution after one of their players reported coronavirus symptoms.
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2020
Bournemouth and Manchester City also have players and staff who have shown signs of symptoms.
The Prestatement read: “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.
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.’
“Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim is to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.
“In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”
The English topflight was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend play or move games behind closed doors after the UK government found there was “no rationale” to postpone sports events.
Ligue 1, La Liga and Serie A are already in a state of suspension for at least two weeks or up until April 3, where further decisions will be made in due course, while the Bundesliga will play in empty stadiums this week before being suspended from Tuesday until April 2.