The Premier League, EFL and WSL has been suspended until April 4 at the earliest amid growing concerns about the Coronavirus.

All other major sporting leagues across the world have also suspended matches and the Premier League followed this morning after a meeting with the other governing bodies in football.

A statement read:

“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.

“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.

“Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.

“In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”

The staff and players of eight Premier League clubs are in self-isolation, including Everton after one unnamed player was showing symptoms of the virus.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has both contracted the virus.

Liverpool and Everton were scheduled to play each other on Monday night at Goodison Park, as Tranmere would have hosted Lincoln City.

It is unclear at this time whether the season will continue as planned in April.

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