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Last Updated: June 20th 2020, 8:30 pm

All English football canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

The Premier League have confirmed that all fixtures have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. EFL, The FA, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have joined the Premier League decision in postponing all games.


The Football Association has also postponed England's international matches against Italy and Denmark, which were scheduled for March 27 and March 31.


All fixtures will be postponed until April 3 at earliest.


The decision on canceling all the fixture came after the news that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi were tested positive for COVID-19.



The news about the postponement of all English competitions was confirmed in a collective statement.


The statement said: "The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.


"This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.


"The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.


"In addition, clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.


"Whilst the EFL board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football's contingency plans in response to the crisis.


"A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL board meeting next week.


"This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government's national efforts in tackling this outbreak."



The clubs took the needed measures


Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta will be under self-isolation following the government guidelines. All the first - team squad will be under quarantine along with the coaching staff and everyone who had close connection with Arteta.


A player from Everton is put under self-isolation after he reported that he had COVID-19 symptoms. Watford also canceled team training this week as some of the player informed that they don't feel very well.


Five members of the Bournemouth staff, including their goalkeeper Artur Boruc are under quarantine, after displaying symptoms of the coronavirus. Brendan Rodgers, who is the manager of Leicester, confirmed on Thursday that three of their players are kept away from the whole squad as they show COVID-19 symptoms.


The Premier League has finally postponed all the upcoming fixtures, while the other competitions did that a week ago.



It is expected that UEFA will postpone Euro 2020 until next summer


Next Tuesday UEFA will have a meeting where they will discuss what measures to take with Euro 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic.


It is most likely that Euro 2020 will be canceled until next summer, but for now it is not sure yet. The members of UEFA will discuss the coronavirus and how it will affect Euro 2020 which is scheduled to start on June 12 for now.