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This season to be extended indefinitely

English football will not return until April 30 “at the earliest”, it has been decided at an emergency meeting between Premier League clubs, but the 2019/20 season will be extended indefinitely.

Officials from all 20 English top-flight clubs spoke over a conference call on Thursday morning to co-ordinate a strategy for completing the fixture list in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which has led to the suspension of almost all sport.

It has been decided that the Premier League, the EFL and women’s football will continue to be suspended until April 30 “at the earliest”.A statement after the meeting, published by the Premier League said: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

“We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

“We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

“The FA’s rules and regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.

“However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.

“Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.

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3 comments on “This season to be extended indefinitely

  1. I say defer to August, start again in September. Complete by end October. Cancel the League cup. Start again early Jan, abandon cup replays, play 2 games a week, run to June 2021.

    Simples

  2. Award the title to Liverpool, any team in the European positions to be awarded the places for next season, no relegations but promote all teams that are currently in the top 6 places in the lower leagues, make next two seasons a short season where all teams play each other once with 4 teams getting relegated with 2teams being promoted this should help national associations prepare for the euros and the World Cup.if there is the possibility of competitive football finish the F A Cup if not cancel it this season. Avoid the possibility of any legal action from broadcasting companies by extending the current deal by one season at no extra cost.

  3. Ridiculous .its got to be cancelled in some way…way to late to start again, brings to many problems 0

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