The English Premier League will remain suspended until further notice following a meeting of shareholders earlier today.
The shareholders met to discuss the latest situation regarding the Coronavirus pandemic along with the impact which this continues to have on the English Premier League.
The competition was suspended last month in the interests of safety, initially until 3 April. That date was pushed back to 30 April a week ago and following a further consultation, a decision has been made for the league to remain suspended until the Government declare it safe to resume.
The English Premier League released the following statement via their official website earlier today confirming the continued suspension.
‘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 is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.
With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition.
However, any return to play will only be with the full support of the Government and when medical guidance allows’.
Chelsea currently occupy fourth position in the English Premier League table and The Blues will be keen to see the season concluded as they look to confirm their qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League. Frank Lampard’s side hold a three-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United with nine games left to play.