Coronavirus: Premier League and EFL games postponed until April 3

Football League games are expected to be postponed for the coronavirusFootball League games are expected to be postponed for the coronavirus
Football League games are expected to be postponed for the coronavirus | pa
All Premier League, Football League and Women's Super League fixtures will be suspended until April 3 as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.
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Three rounds of Championship matches and four in Leagues One and Two were due to be played in that time. Doncaster Rovers had five matches scheduled.

Sheffield United had only one Premier League match scheduled for that period, but were due to host Arsenal - whose manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19 - in an FA Cup quarter-final on March 22. That too has been postponed.

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England's friendlies against Italy and Denmark have also been called off. The games were due to be played at Wembley at the end of March.

"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," read a Premier League statement.

"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," said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters

The EFL said its decision had also been a unanimous one reached by the board.

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It has left it up to individual clubs to decide whether or not they arrange training sessions for individual clubs, but have advised academy training be suspended for the duration, as well as “all non-essential business which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, commercial activities training ground visits and fan meetings.”

Bradford City's players trained as normal on Friday morning, but like all affected clubs, the Bantams will now plan the way forward.

The Government's advice early on Thursday evening was that sporting events should continue to be played for the time being, but the situation has moved on apace since then

That night it was announced Arteta had contracted the virus, and by Friday morning it was revealed that Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had also tested positive.

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Both club's entire first teams, along with Everton's, are self-isolating, as are some Manchester City and Leicester City players.

England's matches were due to be the last before Gareth Southgate named his squad for the European Championships, but with Uefa meeting on Tuesday, even that tournament is now in serious doubt, with a one-year postponement a realistic possibility.

Academy, reserve and youth games have also been postponed.

Rotherham United have also announced they will review all activity with their community sports trust.

York City tweeted at 11.28am that: "As it stands, unless there is an 11th hour instruction from the FA and/or the National League regarding the coronavirus issue, our home game against Altrincham tomorrow will take place as scheduled - kick-off 3:00pm at Bootham Crescent."

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