The 2019/20 Premier League has been officially suspended until April 3 due to coronavirus fears.
Premier League chiefs have faced criticism in taking their time to reach a decision on suspending the season or playing matches behind closed doors.
La Liga, Serie A and MLS are just some of the world’s top leagues who have taken the decision to suspend current seasons.
The English Football League made an announcement that their leagues would be suspended on Tuesday and the Premier League has now followed suit.
A statement from the Premier League read: “Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.
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“Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: ‘Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.
“‘In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority’.
“Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim is to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.”
On Thursday evening Arsenal released a statement confirming manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive for the virus.
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