Coronavirus: Premier League postponed until April 3 at the earliest amid Covid-19 outbreak

The English top-flight has followed the lead of Serie A, La Liga, MLS and Ligue 1 by announcing that all upcoming fixtures will have to be rearranged

The Premier League has announced that all upcoming fixtures will be postponed until April 3 at the earliest.

After an emergency meeting on Friday, the decision has been made that all forms of professional football in England be postponed until at least the beginning of next month.

It was revealed on Thursday that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had contracted coronavirus, while Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been forced into a period of self-isolation, along with a number of Leicester City players.

As well as the Premier League, matches across the Football League in England will also be brought to a halt, along with fixtures in the Women’s game and the two friendly internationals that England were due to play against Italy and Denmark.

A statement from the FA read: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until Friday 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.

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