The decision came after the English Premier League held an emergency board meeting with all 20 clubs to discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The league had initially been suspended until April 3, but the extension comes as the UK government steps up its response to the outbreak."The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority," read a joint statement by the Premier League, the English Football League (EFL) and the English Football Association (FA). "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."READ: EPL in limbo as chiefs consider 'radical solutions' to finish the season
'United in our commitment'
There are 92 games still be played in the current EPL calendar. Liverpool has yet to secure the title, Champions League places are still up for grabs and relegation needs to be settled.UEFA has already postponed Euro 2020 until next year, clearing the way for a delayed end to the domestic season.FA rules had required that the current season to be completed by June 1 but a decision was made on Thursday for that limit to be extended "indefinitely.""We are 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," added the statement. Leading figures at EPL clubs had already been at loggerheads on how best to proceed, with the vice-chair at West Ham United Karren Brady arguing the football season should be declared "null and void".Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove Albion's chief executive Paul Barber said that option would be "incredibly unjust" for league leader Liverpool, which sits 25 points clear and is searching for its first domestic title in 30 years. READ: French Open criticized for 'selfish, arrogant' rescheduling amid coronavirus outbreak
Risk to clubs
Such uncertainly also poses a financial risk to clubs, with questions remaining over how the leagRead More – Source