Covid-19: Football league suspend Stoke City and Port Vale games ‘until safe’



Fans of Stoke City and Port Vale will have to wait longer for the football season to resume after the elite game was suspended ‘until safe to do so’.

The English Football League (EFL) along with the Premier League, Women’s Super League and FA have agreed that games will be postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Originally games were due to be suspended until April 30 but it is now thought matches will be unable to resume by then.

At this stage it is unclear when Stoke City or Port Vale will next play a fixture.

In a statement, the EFL said: “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.”

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