Watford FC fully supports the Premier League’s decision to suspend fixtures due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“First and foremost, our concern is for the wellbeing of everybody connected with our club; players, staff and supporters,” said Hornets’ Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury.
“Our actions in recent weeks to take extra precautionary steps reflect the fact that this has always been our priority; something our Head Coach Nigel Pearson reiterated fully at this morning’s press conference.”
He added: “We will continue our usual lines of communication with our supporters, providing the most up-to-date information possible.”
For reference, the Premier League’s statement is reproduced in full below:
Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.
“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”
Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.
In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.