The 2019/2020 Premier League season is scheduled to resume on April 30.
Initially the EFL, FA, Premier League and women’s game had agreed to suspend fixtures until April 3 in light of the coronavirus outbreak but that date has now been extended by a further four weeks until the end of the month.
At the beginning of the week UEFA announced its decision to suspend Euro 2020 by 12 months, a decision that ought to give European clubs time over the summer to complete their domestic seasons.
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A joint-statement from the governing bodies 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’re 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’ve 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, our board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April.”
With that said, there are no guarantees that even that date will see football resume with the FA Board having agreed to extend the 2019/20 season, which is due to finish on June…