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12:00 AM, April 04, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 04, 2020

PL suspended indefinitely

England's Premier League was suspended indefinitely Friday following a meeting of the 20 clubs where a series of financial measures were discussed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The English league had given a tentative return date of April 30 but that was pushed back with a statement saying the "2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so" and only with the full support of government and medical guidance.

"There is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played," the league said, "enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition."

The clubs are desperate for the season to be finished if possible to avoid the potential of having to reimburse broadcasters a reported £760 million if they fail to fulfil fixtures for television contracts.

However, clubs insist they will follow government advice on when it is safe for matches to return.

Premier League clubs also agreed to provide a £125 million fund for the English Football League and National League.

UEFA yesterday stated their determination that the current football season should be played to a conclusion and threatened that teams may be excluded from the next Champions League if their domestic competitions are ended prematurely.

The joint response came after the Belgian Pro League announced on Thursday that it recommended declaring the season over with the present table accepted as final. It is the first European league to take such a measure.

That means Club Brugge would in theory go straight into the next Champions League group stage, but UEFA, the ECA and the European Leagues indicated that they may be barred from continental competition if the Belgian league decision is finalised.

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