The top-flight clubs have decided to hold off the current Premier League indefinitely after the latest round of discussions.
The decision was taken during a meeting which took place on Friday. As a result of this, there is no definite date on when the Premier League will return back to action.
Earlier, the matches were kept on hold till the 30th of April, but seeing how the situation has deteriorated in recent weeks, the clubs have decided to hold it off indefinitely.
A statement released by the Premier League read:
It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” the statement said.
“The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.
“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.
“With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition.
“However, any return to play will only be with the full support of the government and when medical guidance allows. The sporting and financial implications for Premier League clubs as well as for The FA, EFL and National League were considered at today’s meeting.
Apart from this, the clubs have unanimously agreed to donate 125 million pounds to the EFL and the lower divisions to stabilize the football pyramid and also an amount of 20 million pounds would be dedicated to NHS communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, the clubs will reportedly ask players to take a 30% wage hike as well to fulfill the agreement above.