EFL confirm Football League season suspension is extended until April 30 due to coronavirus pandemic

Board still hopes the campaign will reach a natural conclusion
The Hatters won't be back in action until April 30 at the earliestThe Hatters won't be back in action until April 30 at the earliest
The Hatters won't be back in action until April 30 at the earliest

The EFL have announced this afternoon that the 2019-20 season's suspension has been extended until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign had originally been postponed until April 3 last Friday, but due to the severity of the virus sweeping the globe, it has now been delayed until the end of April.

However, the EFL are still hoping to conclude the season naturally, as a statement released today said: "The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

"We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 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.

"We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

"The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.

"However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.

"Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.

"The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.

"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.

"We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19."

If the season restarts on April 30, then Town will be at home to Blackburn Rovers on Satuday, May 2.

They would then have to rearrange eight matches, against Preston North End, Swansea City, Leeds United, Reading, Barnsley, Huddersfield Town, QPR and Hull City.