The Premier League season has been postponed indefinitely with the English top flight committed to returning only “when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”
Players will also be asked to take a 30% wage drop with no imminent return for football in sight as the nation battles with coronavirus.
Previously the governing bodies of the English game had agreed that no football would be played until April 30 amid the COVID-19 pandemic though it was widely acknowledged prior to this afternoon’s meeting of the 20 clubs that such a return date would be impossible.
A video conference call between the heads of the 20 top flight teams saw them reassert their commitment to completing the 2019/20 campaign, not least because voiding the season could cost the clubs £750million in broadcast revenue that would have to be paid back.
A statement from the league said: “It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
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“The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.
“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.
“With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition.”
“However, any return to play will only be with the full support of Government and when medical guidance allows.”
The statement from the Premier League also confirmed that clubs intended to holds talks with players…