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EFL STATEMENT: POSTPONEMENT EXTENSION

19 March 2020

The EFL has this afternoon announced that the postponement of all matches will be extended until no earlier than Thursday April 30. 

The decision comes after professional football had initially been suspended until at least April 3 - last week - amid the outbreak of COVID-19. 

The sport's governing bodies - including the EFL, Premier League, FA, PFA and LMA and women's professional game - reached the decision. 

The postponement includes all matches in the Premier League, Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two. 

In addition, all professsional women's fixtures, European league and cup ties and academy youth matches will be affected. 

The EFL are united in their commitment to finding ways of resuming the football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

The conclusion has been reached with the intention of giving games an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintaining the integrity of each competition.

The FA’s Rules and Regulations state: “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, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season - in relation to professional football.

The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and the EFL would like to reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters is their priority.

They will continue to follow government's advice, work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.

The club would like to join the EFL in re-emphasising that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.


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