Coronavirus: Further postponement of English football leads to fears of the impact on mental health

Liam Jones Legacy

There are fears for the wellbeing of football fans after it was announced the English Football Association have postponed games until 30 April at the earliest.

All tiers of football were originally postponed until 3 April to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus - but the FA and Premier League met yesterday to put the season on hold for longer. 

But a local group is concerned it'll have a negative impact on mental health - as football fans will have to find other ways to entertain themselves on Saturday afternoons. 

Liam Jones Legacy is a group which was set up after a supporter took his own life. 

Laura Seres, who helps run the organisation, said: "People say there's a lot more going on than football, but football to some people is the only bit of outreach they've got. 

"The only thing that they got out of the house for, that they meet people through. So it really is affecting more people than we think."

In a statement, the FA 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're united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 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.

"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, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we've collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April."

It was also announced earlier this week that the men's Euro 2020 competition will be postponed until next summer. 

 

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