Coventry City season on hold due to coronavirus - The Leamington Observer

Coventry City season on hold due to coronavirus

Les Reid 13th Mar, 2020   0

The EFL (English Football League) has suspended all matches until at least April 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This morning’s EFL board meeting decision halts Coventry City’s charge at the top of League One in their quest for promotion.

The board was reported to be unanimous in postponing the Championship, League One and League Two.

The separate Premier League is taking the same action, after managers and players at several clubs reported a diagnosis or self-isolation of players.

It is despite the government stating yesterday on scientific and medical advice that sports events should go ahead for now.

A joint statement reads:

“The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.

In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.

A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.”


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