Football chiefs pledge to come up with action plan to deal with financial fallout from coronavirus
PUBLISHED: 17:56 27 March 2020 | UPDATED: 18:20 27 March 2020
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The Premier League. EFL and PFA have released a joint statement on Friday agreeing ‘difficult decisions’ are needed to deal with the financial impact of a coronavirus shutdown, with further talks scheduled next week to form a plan of action.
The English governing bodies, including the EFL and the PFA, reiterated all football is on hold until April 30 at the earliest, with the game only restarting when it is safe to do so.
Top-flight football was suspended after Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi contracted the virus.
Attentions have turned towards the financial implications the pandemic will have on football clubs, with the governing bodies expected to announce measures to aid those organisations next week.
Steps three to six in non-league football suffered a major blow to their season after the FA expunged their seasons, with no relegations or promotions.
The Premier League aren’t expected to follow suit, with reports suggesting the desired outcome is to complete the season.
In a statement, the Premier League said: “The Premier League, EFL and PFA met today and discussed the growing seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was stressed that the thoughts of all three organisations continue to be with everyone affected by the virus.
“The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.
“The leagues will not recommence until 30 April at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.
“Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”