Arsene Wenger supports Premier League decision to extend season over coronavirus pandemic

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Wenger says the season cannot be ruled null and void (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backs the decision to ‘indefinitely’ extend the Premier League season over the coronavirus outbreak.

In an emergency meeting with top-flight clubs on Thursday, the FA ruled that league fixtures will be pushed back to at least April 30.

Rules state that the domestic campaign must conclude before June 1, but those regulations will be relaxed in these extreme circumstances.

Speaking to talkSPORT before Thursday’s decision, Wenger said: ‘I believe that is the priority now for the Premier League to finish the season.

‘I believe it is pushing certainly the season out until the end of June maybe but they have to do that.’

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Matches accross the country have been postponed due to the coronavirus (Picture: Getty Images)

The FA originally hoped football could resume from April 3 onwards, but with the rapid spread of Covid-19 further suspension was deemed necessary.

UEFA made the decision on Tuesday to postpone Euro 2020 until 2021, which will allow time for domestic seasons to be completed in the summer.

Many countries around the world are in lockdown with limited social interaction, which Gunners legend Wenger admits will take time to get used to.

He added: ‘It’s a new way of life and we have to adapt. In France it was a bit earlier than here in England so we discover now that basically we have to live isolated.

‘That means not have more than five to 10 contacts per day with other people and that is not easy.

‘It is the first time that I experienced that [this type of situation]. We used to postpone games for climate reasons but this time it is for much more serious reasons.

‘We thought football is the main priority in our life but we discover suddenly that there are some more important things than that.’

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