Breaking: Latest EFL statement in full – and what it means for Stoke City



The EFL has confirmed that the suspension of the season will be extended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

An original suspension was due to expire at the end of April but, with the rise in cases and deaths in the UK continuing to grow, an extension was expected and has now been officially confirmed, meaning no Stoke City or indeed any football for the foreseeable future.

No football in the EFL will be played for the foreseeable future and there is still the possibility the entire campaign could be cancelled at a later date.

The full EFL statement read: “As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the EFL, Premier League, FA and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship has today collectively agreed to postpone its football competitions until it is safe to resume.

“Football is committed in supporting the Government’s efforts in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and the staging of football matches in this country.

“It is clearly something that simply cannot happen at this time. The thoughts of everyone associated with the EFL and its member Clubs are with anyone currently affected by the coronavirus.

“The situation will be kept under constant review with matches only returning at an appropriate point and based on the latest guidance provided by the relevant Government departments and health authorities.

“The EFL also notes and appreciates the decision taken today by the Premier League in respect of the short-term financial relief it is to provide EFL Clubs through the advancement of solidarity payments, parachute payments and Academy Grants.

“These actions will have a positive impact on individual Clubs across our three divisions at a difficult and uncertain time.”

The EFL, along with the National League, has also received advance funding of £125m from the Premier League to help clubs cope with the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.





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