Sport might not resume in England until June 1 -Government

The clubs may, however, take a decision on Monday over the issue of player contracts, which could be a complicating factor given some players, reported to be around 160, are due to run out of contract at the end of June.

Any restart to the campaign would see matches played beyond the 30 June date, which is normally considered the formal end of the season.

Fifa has produced guidelines suggesting that contracts be extended until the end of the lengthened season but clubs are concerned about the legal situation if players refuse.