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Championship suspended indefinitely

last updated Friday 03rd April 2020, 7:51 PM

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No professional football is currently being played in England due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the EFL have released a statement following on from the Premier League.

The EFL has confirmed that the suspension of the season will be extended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

An original suspension was due to expire at the end of April but, with the rise in cases and deaths in the UK continuing to grow, an extension was expected and has now been officially confirmed.

No football in the EFL will be played for the foreseeable future and a statement released today following a meeting of Premier League stakeholders confirms there is currently no date for a resumption.

In a statement, regarding the suspension, the EFL said: “As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the EFL, Premier League, FA and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship has today collectively agreed to postpone its football competitions until it is safe to resume.

“Football is committed in supporting the Government’s efforts in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and the staging of football matches in this country. It is clearly something that simply cannot happen at this time. The thoughts of everyone associated with the EFL and its member Clubs are with anyone currently affected by the coronavirus.

“The situation will be kept under constant review with matches only returning at an appropriate point and based on the latest guidance provided by the relevant Government departments and health authorities.”

The EFL, along with the National League, has also received advance funding of £125m from the Premier League to help clubs cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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