The EFL have said they will not respond to "intense speculation" and called for cool heads as they try to deal with the effect of the coronavirus on football.

The league issued a statement today where they said no decisions have yet been taken on what happens next following the suspension of games.

Their board will meet later this week, with the organisation saying they are continuing with "contingency planning".

They admitted it was an "unprecedented" challenge to the game but would not be offering a "running commentary" given the fast-changing situation.

The statement said: "The health and well-being of EFL staff, players, club employees and supporters is of paramount importance and will be key to the decisions made by football during what is clearly an unprecedented situation facing our game.

"It is with that in the forefront of the League’s mind that it notes the intense speculation that has appeared across the local, national and international media over the weekend.

"Whilst the League and its board understand there is a strong desire from both the media and general public to understand what may happen next, there have, at this current time, been no decisions taken.

"The League also feels it inappropriate to respond to the many hypothetical solutions being suggested whilst the many unknowns remain. Given the fast-paced environment and parameters we are currently working within, it is simply not practical to give a running commentary on what may happen.

"In the immediate short term we will continue with our contingency planning to deal with the implications the outbreak of Covid-19 has presented the EFL and its clubs, in addition to liaising with the Government, health authorities and football partners."

The League said they would issue a further update once its board has met this week, and in the meantime urged people to follow guidance from the Government provided by Public Health England should anyone develop potential symptoms of Covid-19.

Games have been suspended until April 3 at the earliest, although there is scepticism across the sport that matches will be able to resume then.

The EFL's chairman Rick Parry, said: “These are indeed challenging times for the League, its clubs and the game as a whole.

"However, now is the time for cool heads and calm reflection, rather than speculation as we look to steer our competitions and clubs through this period of uncertainty.”