The Premier League and FA have announced that professional football in England will not be played until at least April 30.
The announcement comes due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that is sweeping across the world and is affecting thousands of lives.
It had previously been announced that the postponement would be until April 4, however that has been pushed back further by the governing bodies.
They have also announced their ambition to make sure the 2019/20 campaign is completed if it is possible.
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Usually there is a deadline that a campaign must be completed by June 1, however that again has been moved to accommodate the potential change of fixtures.
The joint statement from the Premier League, FA and EFL also said: “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.”
Matches with Aston Villa, Bayern Munich, Leicester City and Manchester City had already been postponed, but now there will be more fixtures to be added.
The Premier League games with West Ham (A), Watford (H), Crystal Palace (A) and Sheffield United (A) will now have to be rearranged for either May or June, if possible.
The postponement will now give the Blues more time to get their players back to full fitness and health.
Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus but has fully recovered. However it has meant that the first team squad and coaching staff were put into self isolation.
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