The 2019–20 Premier League has officially been suspended.
The news comes in the wake of intense pressure from professionals and pundits, who have been urging the British football body to follow the lead of other European countries and postpone games.
Arsenal's scheduled contest with Brighton had already been halted after Gooners' manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.
Following the pressure, Sky News reports that professional football in England will be postponed until April 3rd.
The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.
Inevitable the @premierleague @EFL will be suspended today. You can’t start next season until this one finishes when ever that is. No title winners? Who goes in the @ChampionsLeague next season??Leeds WBA +1 miss out on PL??? 3 clubs in Prem stay up.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 13, 2020
Chelsea's game at Villa Park was also postponed ahead of the weekend when Blues' midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi was confirmed to have caught the disease.
Football is not that important.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 12, 2020
Arteta positive for coronavirus . This is irresponsible and very stupid. Call the bloody games off— Jeff Stelling (@JeffStelling) March 12, 2020
It needed a PL manager to contract the virus for them to act! Embarrassing leadership from the @premierleague— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 12, 2020
The Premier League have issued a statement which 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."
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters: "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."
More to follow.