Premier League season postponed further but is extended ‘indefinitely’

The Premier League will be extended 'indefinitely'
The Premier League will be extended ‘indefinitely’ (Getty Images)

The Premier League and the English Football League has been postponed further until April 30 but the season has been extended ‘indefinitely’ in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The last Premier League fixture was played on March 9 and was initially postponed until at least April 4 due to the outbreak.

But following a crisis meeting with all 20 clubs on Thursday, it has now been decided that football will be postponed until the end of the month.

However, the Football Association has confirmed that the current season will now be extended ‘indefinitely ‘ until it is completed.

Liverpool are just two wins away from winning the Premier League title, while Champions League and relegation places are still up for grabs.

In the Championship, Leeds and West Brom appeared to be on course for promotion to the Premier League before the campaign was halted due to the pandemic.

A statement from the FA said: ‘The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.

‘However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football.

‘Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April.

‘The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.’

Space to complete the domestic season was made available earlier this week after UEFA confirmed that this summer’s European Championship will be played next year instead.

UEFA are still to decide how they will conclude the Champions League and the Europa League.

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