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Premier League's steps to prevent COVID-19

Premier League 2019-20 season suspended - All you need to know about the league's measures to face COVID-19

May 3, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
The English top-flight has finally decided to put the season on hold, just like the rest of the top European leagues revealed this week.

The entire football landscape has changed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and all leagues around the world have faced major decisions to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

As you may already know, the World Health Organization has classified the coronavirus as a pandemic since Monday, and proper measures must be implemented to keep the infection toll from rising. So, with that in mind, the English Premier League has decided to postpone all games for the next two weeks in order to avoid massive gatherings of people, as per the WHO's recommendations.

English Prime Minister Boris Johnson had asked everyone to take preventive measures to combat this disease, and despite this message, the EPL came out to say that Matchday 30 would go on as planned. Unfortunately, two cases of coronavirus were confirmed hours after that initial statement by the league, and they were forced to take a step backwards after an emergency meeting held on Friday, March 13.

"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."

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FAQ - How is the English league dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic

When will the English Premier League return to action?

The EPL will reportedly return to action until April 30 if the spread of the virus is contained by then. EPL authorities held a meeting on March 19 where they stated that the season will not be declared void, and that they will extend the season for as long as they need to in order to play all remaining games.

UPDATE: The Premier League has been suspended indefinitely. They are currently analyzing the situation in order to determine when it will be safe to return as their plan is to wrap up the campaign, not cancel the entire season.

Are there any players or coaches who have tested positive for coronavirus among Premier League teams?

Yes, Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) and coach Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) have tested positive for coronavirus. Leicester's coach Brendan Rodgers also admitted that three of his players had self-isolated to prevent the further spread of the disease amongst the team.

Will any games be played behind closed doors?

No. Although the initial decision was to hold games as planned, the English Premier League joined all Top 5 leagues in Europe and suspended all games until further notice.

Who will win the league if the 2019-20 season is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic?

In the statement issued after the emergency meeting, the English Premier League revealed that those games that have been postponed will be re-scheduled, which may hint their intentions to play all remaining fixtures.

What are some of the top games not being played in the English Premier League after this decision was made?

  • Tottenham vs Manchester United

  • Everton vs Liverpool

  • Chelsea vs Manchester City

  • Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

  • Brighton vs Arsenal

Follow LiveSoccer TV for further updates on how all leagues in the world will deal with the coronavirus pandemic, and when they will return to action if that ends up happening.

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