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English football suspension extended to 30 April

By Nikkie Thatcher

- Last updated on GMT

Game delay: no football games will be played for the time being
Game delay: no football games will be played for the time being

Related tags: Coronavirus, Sport, Football

English football has been further postponed until no earlier than 30 April, football bodies have announced.

It was originally delayed until the beginning of April but a joint statement from the FA, Premier League and EFL said games in England’s Premier League, Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship, the EFL, along with fixtures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been postponed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The FA’s rules and regulations state “the season shall terminate not later than 1 June”, however, the FA’s board has also agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football.

Tournament cancelled

This comes after the Norwegian Football Association announced the Euro 2020 football tournament has been postponed​ until next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This tournament will now take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021.

It was originally planned to happen from 12 June and 12 July this summer, with England and Scotland among the 12 countries taking part as hosts.

Other fixtures that have been called off include Six Nations rugby matches and England’s cricket tour of Sri Lanka.

This follows the announcement from broadcasters Sky and BT Sport that said they will suspend billing on their services​ for pubs.

Billing suspended

Sky said pubs won’t be charged for the live sport service from 14 March and BT Sport will suspend billing for two weeks.

The broadcaster also said it was in discussions with partners about Racing Pack, Racing TV, Sky Sports Racing and BoxNation packages, and would give more information soon.

Licensees will receive a text message, email or letter telling them they don’t need to do anything as their bill will be adjusted automatically.

BT Sport said its billing suspension was a “goodwill gesture in place while we monitor the situation” and will keep customers updated as the situation develops.

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