With COVID-19 causing havoc among the sporting world, we are taking a look at the latest football coronavirus news in terms of fixtures being postponed.
Major leagues and competitions have been shut down around the globe, with a number of high-profile players and managers already affected by the disease.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE & EUROPA LEAGUE
UEFA has announced that all upcoming matches have been postponed, stating: “Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.
A joint announcement from the Football Association, Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship confirmed the professional game would be postponed in England until April 3 at the earliest.
The postponement also takes in England’s two friendlies against Italy and Denmark on March 27 and 31.
“This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the Covid-19 virus,” a statement read.
“However, all parties are committed at this time to trying to complete this season’s domestic fixture programme and are liaising to establish appropriate options to do so.”
The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League’s joint response group announced an immediate suspension, with games postponed until “further notice”.
A statement read: “The Scottish FA Board made its decision in the interests of the health and safety of players, match officials, staff, supporters and the general public.”
Serie A has been shut down until April 3 following a government decree. Italy’s national Olympic committee (CONI) announced the suspension, declaring: “This situation has no precedent in history.”
La Liga announced it has suspended “at least the next two rounds of matches” as a result of Real Madrid players being told to go into quarantine following a positive test for a member of the club’s basketball team.
Last weekend’s Bundesliga games were called off at short notice and a suspension until early April is anticipated.
Ligue 1 has postponed all matches until further notice. A statement read: “As the president of the republic stressed, the collective interest must be placed above all else. The urgency is to curb the epidemic, protect the most vulnerable and avoid travel.”
Primeira Liga matches have been suspended indefinitely after officials had previously considered playing behind closed doors.
Holland’s top two leagues have also been suspended for the next two match days. It follows the Dutch government’s ban on events of more than 100 people.
Major League Soccer announced the suspension of matches for 30 days with immediate effect.
Commissioner Don Garber stated: “Our clubs were united in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees.”
The Football Association of Ireland announced that all football under its jurisdiction will cease with immediate effect until March 29.
FIFA announced that South American World Cup qualifiers set to take place later this month are postponed.
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