Football across England has been postponed until April 3 at the earliest amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England, and England’s international friendlies against Italy and Denmark scheduled for the end of the month at Wembley have been suspended.
It follows several clubs putting players and staff into self-isolation due to coronavirus symptoms.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive for Covid-19.
A statement from the Premier League said: “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.”
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.”
Scottish football authorities are understood to be meeting today to discuss whether to follow a similar path in postponing matches.
As it stands, all Scottish fixtures are still due to take place, including Sunday’s Old Firm match at Ibrox.
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