Yesterday afternoon a statement was released by the EFL updating fans on the status of the ongoing 2019/20 season in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. This followed a Premier League statement promising financial help to EFL clubs. The Premier League statement can be seen here and the EFL statement is below.
Brentford FC released an open letter from Chief Executive Jon Varney, Chairman Cliff Crown and the Board updating on how we are operating through the Covid-19 pandemic yesterday afternoon. This referenced the indefinite suspension of football in the EFL statement, which came out a few moments before ours. The Brentford FC letter can be seen here.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the EFL, Premier League, FA and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship has today collectively agreed to postpone its football competitions until it is safe to resume. Football is committed in supporting the Government’s efforts in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and the staging of football matches in this country. It is clearly something that simply cannot happen at this time. The thoughts of everyone associated with the EFL and its member Clubs are with anyone currently affected by the Coronavirus.
The situation will be kept under constant review with matches only returning at an appropriate point and based on the latest guidance provided by the relevant Government departments and health authorities. The EFL also notes and appreciates the decision taken today by the Premier League in respect of the short term financial relief it is to provide EFL Clubs through the advancement of solidarity payments, parachute payments and Academy Grants. These actions will have a positive impact on individual Clubs across our three divisions at a difficult and uncertain time.