The football season will remain suspended at least until the end of April due to the continued spread of coronavirus.
The decision was made earlier today following a meeting of the sport’s governing bodies, including the Premier League and EFL.
A joint statement by the professional football bodies in England read: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.
“We’re united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.
“We’ve collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.
“The FA’s rules and regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.
“However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30th April.
“The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.
“We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.
“We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.”
Tickets for AFC Bournemouth’s fixtures during this time will remain valid for the rescheduled dates. This includes official club travel tickets for the away fixtures at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Manchester United.
Single match ticket purchasers who are unable to make the rearranged fixtures will be entitled to a full refund. Further details will follow in due course.
Supporters are advised to proactively keep up to date with the latest government advice on best practice in relation to stopping the spread of the virus, which can be found here.
Anyone who has recently travelled to the United Kingdom from a country with a high risk of coronavirus, or who is displaying any of the below symptoms, should immediately seek medical advice by calling the NHS 111 service or stay at home for at least seven days.
The symptoms include:
– A new, continuous cough
– A high temperature
If you are aware of any other supporters who may not have access to email or our website, can you please let them know about the upcoming fixtures.