Sports | March 13, 2020 12:45 pm

English Premier League Suspends All Matches Until April

The Masters at Augusta National has also been postponed until later in the year

A Premier League banner on display  at the Amex Stadium. (Mike Hewitt/Getty)
A Premier League banner on display at the Amex Stadium. (Mike Hewitt/Getty)
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Though they had initially planned to play matches in empty stadiums this weekend, the English Premier League and the Champions League have both been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Yesterday evening, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi both announced that they had tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier in the day, reports emerged that three Leicester City players were in self-isolation as they awaited test results.

The suspension, which also covers the Championship, League One, League Two and the top two women’s divisions, will last until at least April 3. Soccer in Scotland has also been postponed until further notice, and the top leagues in France, Italy, Germany and Spain have also suspended play.

Elsewhere in the world of sports, the PGA has announced the Masters, which was supposed to begin at Augusta National on April 9, has been postponed.

Though he did not say when the event would be held in the future, Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said he hopes that postponing the event puts the club in the best position to host the Masters later in the year. The PGA Tour has canceled all events through the Masters, including this weekend’s Players Championship, which had initially planned to resume play with no fans on the course.

NASCAR has also postponed its races at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend & Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend.

“We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety & well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport,” according to NASCAR.

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