The Premier League has confirmed that the competition has been suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
As of 9am on April 3, there had been over 38,000 confirmed cases in the UK and the death toll exceeded 3,000, following another record-breaking day for the number of increases in a single 24-hour period.
There had been criticism directed towards football’s governing bodies for a lack of clarity on the situation but the Premier League responded with a lengthy statement – where they also announced a £20m donation to the NHS and £125m of advance funding to the EFL and National League.
However, there are still a number of key questions that remain unanswered – as we have identified below.
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Will the season be completed?
The statement from the Premier League reiterated the desire for the league, as well as the other competitions including the FA Cup, to be completed whenever it is safe to do so – although no timeframe has been revealed.
However, there is still the possibility that the campaign will be cancelled or declared null and void at a later date, should no alternative solutions be found – but it is clear that this is very much the last resort.
When will the Premier League return?
This is still unknown but it has been confirmed that the Premier League will not return at the start of May as initially planned. Instead, the suspension initially in place until April 30 has been extended indefinitely.
A number of potential scenarios are being discussed by the Premier League, the majority of which would see the season extended into the summer months – with a resumption in June and July, although not confirmed, the most likely return date at this time.
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