There will be no more Premier League football until the start of April, at least.
After Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus, they called an emergency meeting on Friday with Premier League clubs.
And it was soon announced that the season would be postponed for three weeks.
A statement 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.”
Of course, there is no guarantee that the coronavirus situation will have improved in three weeks time. Hence the “subject to medical advice and conditions at the time” line in the statement.
However, if it does return on the proposed date then we could see Liverpool win the Premier League title at the Etihad against Manchester City.
On Sunday 5 April, Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to City knowing that a win would put them 28 points clear at the top of the league. Pep Guardiola’s team would have nine matches remaining and, therefore, wouldn’t be able to catch them.
Liverpool fans are already looking forward to such a scenario.
The chances of the Premier League actually returning that weekend are currently slim with officials privately admitting there is “no chance” of resuming then and the suspension could be extended.
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