Events across the world are being postponed or cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the latest being the English Premier League.
The decision was made following a meeting with representatives from all 20 participating clubs at the League’s London headquarters. All professional English football matches will be suspended for at least three weeks and will resume on April 4.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi both tested positive for coronavirus. Three Leicester players are also awaiting their results, and the entire Everton team is currently self-isolating as well.
UEFA has also announced that its Champions League and Europe League ties have been postponed.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “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.”
Last night, Arteta (37) was the first confirmed Premier League manager to contract the virus. News of his diagnosis came less than an hour after the Premier League announced that this weekend’s fixtures would still be played as planned. Chelsea announced Hudson-Odoi (19) had tested positive with Covid-19 at around midnight.
Other major sports events that have been cancelled include the current National Basketball Association (NBA) season and Australian F1 Grand Prix.