The Premier League and the EFL have released a joint statement along with the League Managers Association (LMA) and PFA after proceedings of a meeting held earlier today regarding the challenges faced by the game due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The statement reiterated that top-flight and EFL football will not resume until it is safe and appropriate. The update also pointed out that in line with discussions on when the season would resume, other high profile matters like player wages will continue to be discussed in the next 48 hours.
Top-flight players have been urged to agree to a wage cut whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is being dealt with. The statement read:
“Senior representatives from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), the Premier League, the EFL and the League Managers Association (LMA) met today and shared a constructive meeting regarding the challenges facing the game as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The meeting reiterated that the overriding priority is the health and well-being of the nation – including that of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters – and everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”
“No decisions were taken today, with discussions set to continue in the next 48 hours with a focus on several high-profile matters, including player wages and the resumption of the 2019/20 season.”