The English Football League has postponed all matches as sport tournaments across the world have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a joint statement released earlier today (13/03), the FA, Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have announced there will be a suspension of all professional football in England until April 3rd.
The move is replicated across the UK, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all also announcing the suspension of their domestic leagues. The England national team have also confirmed the suspension of friendly matches against Italy and Denmark at the end of March.
It comes as events across the world have been hit by the pandemic. Football leagues in France and Germany were also postponed today (13/03), along with the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. These followed the suspension of the top flight leagues in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, the USA and others over the week, as well as a host of sports events all over the world.
The British government had initially given the green light for sporting events to remain on schedule, but developments changed following the confirmation Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive, while players for a number of other clubs had been put in self-isolation after showing symptoms.
For their part, the EFL has confirmed that the club has now enacted contingency plans and will be revealing further details after a meeting of the EFL board later this week.
MK Dons games affected will be tomorrow’s (14/03) clash with Oxford United, a home game with Gillingham on March 21st and the trip to Tranmere Rovers on March 28th, and that fans who had brought tickets and official club travel will be refunded. The club have also confirmed their women’s team’s game against Cardiff and all academy games have been postponed.
The Dons said, “We would like to stress that no cases of Covid-19 have been reported at the club and we continue to follow and implement the expert advice provided by Government.
“The health, welfare and safety of all players, staff and supporters must be of paramount importance to us all. We will continue to monitor and follow government advice and we urge all supporters to do the same.
“We very much hope football will continue on April 3rd and the 2019-20 season can be completed.”
Luton Town have confirmed the postponement of games against Preston North End tomorrow (14/03), Swansea City on Wednesday (18/03) and Leeds United on March 21st.
The Championship side said, “We plead for all supporters to have patience and understanding with the Club and its staff during this time. The club will be starved of income when its financial liabilities remaining the same as staff operate either in isolation or on a skeleton structure.
“Whilst we believe we are acting responsibly, quickly and with balance but, like everyone, we have no experience of coping in this situation so supporters will inevitably experience service levels below our usual standards when we will beg for forgiveness.
“We will continue to communicate regularly with any updates and news as they occur. We thank you for your support at this unprecedented time and please take care of yourselves and your families.”
Northampton Town have confirmed the postponement of 4 matches, starting with Saturday’s trip to Forest Green Rovers. Games against Carlisle, Cambridge and Oldham have also been delayed. The club have also confirmed all staff will work from home from next week.