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Premier League will only return 'when it is safe to do so'

The Premier League and EFL have confirmed in a joint statement that football in England 'will return 'only when it is safe to do so'.

Leagues across Europe are currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and games are not set to resume in the Premier League until at least the end of this month.

Clubs across the Premier League and EFL have stated their committed to finishing out the season and discussions are ongoing about how the campaign can be completed.

"COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic," the joint statement reads. "The Government’s message is clear - stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

"We are all committed to getting back to playing the game we love - but only when it is safe to do so. Amid the current uncertainty, supporters will understandably have a number of questions relating to the season and the clubs they follow, and there are no quick answers to how and when we will return to what used to be our football normality.

"The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), the EFL, Premier League and The FA want to reiterate that clubs and their supporters have a vital role to play in supporting the Government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity. While there is no football, our sport can still play its part.

"Clubs and supporters have responded magnificently with staff, fans and volunteers supporting those most in need in their local towns and cities. Fans can keep up to date with how the Premier League and EFL clubs are providing wide-ranging support for their communities, including the provision of facilities for medical use and accommodation for NHS staff. Clubs are also supporting foodbanks, transporting medicines and food and telephoning the most vulnerable members of society".

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