Coronavirus: Irish Football Association suspends all local football until April

THE Irish Football Association (IFA) have confirmed that all local football has been suspended until April 4 due to coronavirus.

A statement on Friday said: “The Irish FA Board has met today. In response to the evolving situation around Coronavirus (Covid-19) and having listened to partners throughout the football family, the Board has suspended the current football season, at both domestic and grassroots level.

“The decision has been made with public health but, equally, the health and safety of players, match officials, staff and volunteers front of mind.

“We expect games to restart on Saturday 4 April 2020. The matter will be kept under constant review.

“This means no affiliated football will be played in Northern Ireland until that time.

“Government advice and that from the health authorities remains in place. We continue to encourage people to visit NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself and use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.”

The Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) said: “The NI Football League will continue to review the liaise with the Irish Football Association on this matter and provide further updates in due course.”

Earlier the Ballymena Saturday Morning League had said in a statement: “The BSML Council has today taken the decision to postpone tomorrow’s fixtures (Saturday 14th March) and all upcoming fixtures until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The League will be in contact with more details once the situation has become more clear.”

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