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EFL ‘likely’ to suspend all games amid expected meeting

EFL ‘likely’ to suspend all games amid expected meeting due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports from The Athletic writers.

In a fast-moving situation, this weekend’s fixture now looks to be in severe doubt, with uncertainty too about what will happen beyond that.

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A statement from the EFL this morning said: “The EFL Board will meet this morning to make a decision on this weekend’s fixtures and beyond.”

Accrington’s League One game at Portsmouth tomorrow has been postponed. Pompey’s players and staff are self-isolating after playing Arsenal last week.

The Premier League are to hold an emergency meeting this morning, following the news that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have tested positive for COVID-19.

The BBC claim a “suspension of several weeks (is) most likely, to take in the international break” for the Premier League, with “abandonment unlikely at this stage”.

Serie A and La Liga have already suspended. Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 have just been suspended until further notice by the French FA. Bundesliga and German second division games is planning a suspension from 17 March to 2 April. But as it stands this weekend’s games behind closed doors will go ahead as planned.

It is understood “that the EFL are likely to follow the same course of action as the Premier League – ie a suspension”.

The EFL said in a statement on Thursday evening that “matches will continue to take place as normal”.

However, the situation has developed rapidly since then and now fans have reacted to the news that the EFL are set to suspend all games…

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