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Premier League hit by decision to postpone all English football

March 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The English Premier League -- the world's richest top-flight division -- has been hit by the decision to postpone all professional football in England until early April due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until Friday 3 April at the earliest," said a statement on the Football Association's website.

Friday's decision came after a number of Premier League clubs, players and managers were impacted by COVID-19.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is self-isolating after testing positive, the club said in a statement on Thursday, leading Saturday's match against Brighton to be postponed.

Arsenal has closed its London Colney training center -- which it says will undergo a deep clean -- and club personnel, "including the full first-team squad and coaching staff," who had recent close contact with Arteta will also self-isolate.

The men's team building will remain closed and staff who had recent contact with Hudson-Odoi, including the full first team, coaching and backroom staff, will also self-isolate as a precaution.

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is also self-isolating after a member of his family was admitted to hospital "with symptoms of a respiratory illness," the club said in a statement.

Everton also confirmed that its entire first-team squad is self-isolating as a precautionary measure after a player showed symptoms of the coronavirus.

On Thursday, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that three of his first-team players were self-isolating after showing symptoms and "have been kept away from the rest of the squad. "

So far eight Premier League teams -- Arsenal, Leicester City, Chelsea, Manchester City, Watford, Bournemouth, West Ham and Everton -- have confirmed that they are self-isolating as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak.

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