The Premier League has reaffirmed its commitment to completing the 2019-20 season, but acknowledged the suspension on elite English football is likely to extend further than the current set date of April 30.
English football has been inactive since Friday, March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic which, as of 1700 BST on Thursday, April 2, has seen 3,605 of those tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK sadly pass away.
And following a meeting of Premier League shareholders on Friday, a statement was released on the league’s official website, saying:
“It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
“The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.”
The Premier League’s statement also revealed that top-flight players of all clubs will be consulted regarding potential reductions and deferrals of up to 30 per cent of their annual salary.
The League also unanimously voted to accelerate its solidarity payments of £125 million to the EFL and National League, making them now instead of in August as usual.
Meanwhile, £20 million has been donated by the Premier League to support those most vulnerable during the pandemic.
This includes a direct financial contribution to the National Health Service and funds to assist clubs in their efforts to help communities, families and those most in need.