Stoke City will remain out of action indefinitely.
The EFL and Premier League have decided to extend the current coronavirus delay beyond the original scheduled date of April 30.
Following a meeting today, the authorities decided to remove the previous date upon which football was set to recommence.
They now say football will only resume once it is ‘safe’ to do so, leaving Stoke still in 17th place and at risk of relegation for now with talk of voiding the season still on the periphery, the majority of clubs preferring a scenario where the current campaign can be finished.
Though, at this stage, That there is no telling when football will actually return.
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.”
Potters fans have been reacting to the news on Facebook.
Here’s what a selection have had to say…
Philip Weston – “Anyone who believed that football would begin again at the end of April was very naive. It will be lucky to start again before the expected start of next season.”
Paul Heath – “Scrap this season. Start new season in aug /sept /oct whenever it’s safe.”
Laurence James – “To be honest- I don’t think anyone was expecting the league to return at the end of April, based on the statistics.”
Shane Lawson – “So they’ve had a meeting and decided something that everyone already knew. Well done.”
The reaction continued on Twitter…
@LeekStokie – “So that’s gonna be at least May? We should just void the season, the FA couldn’t wait to do it to non-league clubs but won’t dare do it to the professional clubs because they make too much money from them.”
@TYCampbell26 – “The Potters are staying up.”