Suspension of Premier League Due to Covid-19 Fears

April 4, 2020

The Premier League was suspended indefinitely on Friday after the 20 soccer clubs met and a series of financial measures were discussed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The English league had given a return date of April 30 but they are not sure, and that was pushed back with a statement that said the “2019-20 season will only be back when it is appropriate and safe to do so” and only if the Government fully supports it and give medical guidance.

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A combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches are to be held, as the integrity of each competition is being maintained.

Teams have nine or 10 games left to play, with Liverpool leading by 25 points, they still need two more wins to get the first title since 1990.

Halting leagues without approval from UEFA could see teams blocked from qualifying for the Champions League and Europa League as their places are determined based on final positions in domestic standings.

UEFA, in a letter signed by the European Clubs’ Association and the European Leagues, has urged members not to abandon their competitions

A statement was released after the 20 teams met by video conference, and the league stated that it voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to the clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League, many of them are struggling to manage with the financial consequences due to the suspension of the matches they would normally play.

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