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English football chiefs set for 'difficult' coronavirus decisions

AFP
Published Mar 28, 2020, 11:11 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2020, 11:11 am IST
For starters, they decided that the leagues will not recommence until April 30 at the earliest
The surroundings of Everton's Goodison Park football ground on the day that the club should have played the Merseyside derby against Liverpool in the English Premier League on March 16. AFP Photo
 The surroundings of Everton's Goodison Park football ground on the day that the club should have played the Merseyside derby against Liverpool in the English Premier League on March 16. AFP Photo

London: England's Premier League, Professional Footballers' Association and Football League are steadying themselves for some "difficult decisions" amid the coronavirus outbreak as they try to see if there is a way of restarting the season.

All three organisations met on Friday to examine the financial impact of suspending the season, with Britain as a whole in a state of lockdown.

 

"The Premier League, EFL and PFA met today and discussed the growing seriousness of the Covid19 pandemic," they said in a joint statement.

"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."

Some clubs have asked players to defer up to half their wages, while players at Championship leaders Leeds, pushing for promotion to the lucrative Premier League, have volunteered for a wage deferral.

 

The governing bodies are set for more talks next week as they try to draw up a unified plan.

"The leagues will not recommence until April 30 at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow," added the statement.

"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."

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