CHERRIES’ matches against Crystal Palace and Wolves have been postponed after the Premier League announced they have suspended all fixtures until April 4.

The dramatic and rapidly evolving situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic came to a head yesterday morning, following an emergency meeting of the Premier League, EFL and WSL.

On Thursday evening it was announced that, despite other countries playing games behind closed doors and stopping matches altogether, England would continue to fulfil fixtures as normal.

However, less than an hour later Arsenal revealed that boss Mikel Arteta had contracted coronavirus, leading to the emergency meeting being called.

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also tested positive for COVID-19, while Everton’s squad are among those in self-isolation.

The Daily Echo understands Cherries chief executive Neill Blake represented the club at the meeting, which was held by video conference call.

There the decision was taken to call off all matches until early April at least, with the situation to be reviewed again before fixtures resume.

Cherries were due to host Crystal Palace today, but are now not due back in action until a home game against Newcastle United on April 4.

A Premier League statement yesterday read: “Following a meeting of shareholders today (Friday), 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.

“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.”

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters added: “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.”

Cherries announced yesterday morning that Artur Boruc and four other first-team staff members are currently self-isolating “having displayed symptoms consistent with COVID-19”.

The Daily Echo understands that some of the five started developing symptoms on Wednesday, Thursday and yesterday.

None have been tested for coronavirus as per this week’s new government guidelines, instead staying self-isolated for the seven-day period unless their condition worsens.

Players were sent home yesterday following the announcement of the league postponement and are not due to report back until March 23, instead given individual fitness programmes to adhere to away from the club.

The club’s training ground and stadium is not currently set for a deep clean, as has been seen at other clubs, with the business side of the club operating as normal.