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Premier League, EFL and FA issue joint statement to fans about return of football

The Premier League, EFL, FA and Football Supporters’ Association have released a joint statement about the football shutdown, the response and any eventual return.

UEFA are set to hold a meeting their all of their football associations about the latest developments in dealing with the impact of the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

The Premier League are set to follow suit with a stakeholder meeting on Friday and the April 30 return date is expected to be extended.

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Now the Premier League, EFL, FA and FSA have released a statement that is purely for the fans ahead of a busy week.

“COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic. The Government’s message is clear: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives,” read the statement.

“We are all committed to getting back to playing the game we love – but only when it is safe to do so. Amid the current uncertainty, supporters will understandably have a number of questions relating to the season and the clubs they follow, and there are no quick answers to how and when we will return to what used to be our football normality.

“The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), Premier League, EFL and The FA want to reiterate that clubs and their supporters have a vital role to play in supporting the Government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity. While there is no football, our sport can still play its part.

“Clubs and supporters have responded magnificently with staff, fans and volunteers supporting those most in need in their local towns and cities.

“Fans can keep up to date with how the Premier League and EFL clubs are providing wide-ranging support for their communities, including the provision of facilities for medical use and accommodation for NHS staff. Clubs are also supporting…

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