Irish FA calls time on all football here until next month due to the coronavirus crisis

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Football at all levels in Northern Ireland has been suspended until April 4th.

The Irish FA announced the decision in a statement at lunchtime on Friday.

"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."



On Thursday, Irish rugby and the GAA announced the suspension of all activities up until the end of the month. 

Coronavirus is continuing to impact across the sporting world. 

Michael Conlan's fight in New York on St. Patrick's Day has been called off. 

The Belfast boxer was due to take on Colombia's Belmar Preciado. 

Meanwhile, The Players Championship golf was cancelled.

The event in Sawgrass started as normal - but after the first day the PGA Tour decided to call off the next three weeks of events.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was attempting to become the first player ever to win it back to back.



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