The English Premier League suspended all fixtures until April 3 after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.“Following a gathering of shareholders today, it had been unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” the Premier League said during a statement.
Everton also announced their entire first-team squad and training staff are told to self-isolate after a player reported symptoms according to COVID-19.
Leicester City had three players enter self-isolation on Thursday and Bournemouth said goalkeeper Artur Boruc and 4 staff members were also self-isolating.“Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everybody else suffering from COVID-19,” said Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters.
“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and may reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”
The English league , which heads up the three divisions below the Premier League, and Women’s Super League also will be suspended until April 3.England’s two friendly matches reception to Italy and Denmark later this month are postponed.
However, the authorities still hope to be ready to resume and complete the season at a later date.
“Despite the challenges, it’s the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it’s safe to try to to so,” added the Premier League statement.
However, the news of Arteta and Hudson-Odoi’s positive tests within the last 24 hours forced English football authorities to act.
“I don’t think we had any great leadership last night taking note of the prime minister. i used to be totally underwhelmed by the shortage of leadership and clear message in terms of what was said therein news conference ,” said Watford manager Nigel Pearson.
“Hopefully the Premier League will make strong decisions supported what’s right for everyone within the sport .”
Hudson-Odoi said he had already “recovered” from the virus but will still self-isolate.
“As you’ll remember I had the virus for the last few days, which I’ve recovered from,” the britain international posted during a video on social media.
“I’m following the health guidelines and self-isolated myself from everybody for the week. I hope to be back on the pitch very soon.”
All matches in Scotland, including Sunday’s Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic have also been indefinitely suspended.
UEFA, European football’s administration , has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games for the approaching week and can have a crisis meeting on Tuesday to work out the fate of these competitions and Euro 2020.