Football League agrees to a postponement until April 3

THE EFL and the Premier League have announced that all matches will be postponed until April 3 in a bid to address the growing number of cases of coronavirus.

The move means Portsmouth’s home matches against Accrington and Doncaster will not take place as scheduled.

Following the news that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus and, as a precautionary measure, all Pompey players and management staff have been told to remain at home and keep physical contact to an absolute minimum.

Testing will be taking place early next week, but no players or staff members have displayed any symptoms at present.

The EFL statement reads: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until April 3 at the earliest.

“This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

“The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all academy and youth team fixtures.

“In addition, clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

“Whilst the EFL board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.

“A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL board meeting next week.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.”