EFL chair Rick Parry, left, releases statement amid speculation over when Football League action will restart

The EFL will hold a meeting this week to discuss possible ways forward for the Football League as the suspension of action throughout the country grinds to a halt amid the coronavirus crisis.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 11:16 am
Updated Monday, 16th March 2020, 4:43 pm

The authority has suggested that no decision on how league schedules will or will not be completed will be made immediately, with the changing environment of the illness causing disruption across all walks of life.

It is not yet known when any peak of the virus will occur or how long the pandemic will last. Football is currently suspended until April 4.

An EFL spokesperson said: “The health and well-being of EFL staff, players, Club employees and supporters is of paramount importance and will be key to the decisions made by football during what is clearly an unprecedented situation facing our game.

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Rick Parry has spoken about ongoing speculation of when the coronavirus suspension could be lifted.

“It is with that in the forefront of the League’s mind that it notes the intense speculation that has appeared across the local, national and international media over the weekend.

“Whilst the League and its Board understand there is a strong desire from both the media and general public to understand what may happen next, there have, at this current time, been no decisions taken.

“The League also feels it inappropriate to respond to the many hypothetical solutions being suggested whilst the many unknowns remain. Given the fast-paced environment and parameters we are currently working within, it is simply not practical to give a running commentary on what may happen.

“In the immediate short term, we will continue with our contingency planning to deal with the implications the outbreak of Covid-19 has presented the EFL and its Clubs, in addition to liaising with the Government, health authorities and football partners.

“A further update will be given once the EFL Board has met this week.”

EFL Chair, Rick Parry, said: “These are indeed challenging times for the League, its Clubs and the game as a whole. However, now is the time for cool heads and calm reflection, rather than speculation as we look to steer our competitions and Clubs through this period of uncertainty.”

The EFL also encouraged people to consider the Government advice on the coronavirus as listed HERE.