English football suspension extended

Date published: 20 March 2020

The FA, Premier League and EFL, in association with the PFA, have announced a 30 day extension to the suspension on professional football matches being played in England.

Rochdale had originally been scheduled to end their season on 3 May and haven't played a game since beating Rotherham on 7 March. The postponement of Euro 2020 has now allowed domestic league fixtures across the continent to take place in June in July, if required.

The discussions around the suspension are reportedly centred very much on the here and now, although clubs were shown models of how the schedule could look using a variety of possible dates.

The EFL insisted in a statement that its main priority is to finish this season to "protect the integrity" of the competition and has put in place a £50m fund to help clubs.

"The primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being," said the EFL.

Rochdale Football Club is yet to release a statement.


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