JUST IN: Champions League And Europa League Matches Have Been Postponed Amid Coronavirus Fears
All of next week’s UEFA matches have been postponed due to the spread of COVID-19.
According to the governing body, this decision was arrived at as a result of related decisions made by different governments as they moved to prevent further spread of the virus.
The outbreak of the coronavirus has killed over 4,000 people worldwide.
In a statement, UEFA said;
“This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020.
Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.
As a consequence of the postponements, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.
“UEFA yesterday invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to a videoconference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.”
The virus has wreaked havoc across many European countries, with Serie A and LaLiga already suspended, with other leagues opting to play matches behind closed doors.
The Premier League is currently taking the heat, with clubs going into self-isolation due to the coronavirus outbreak scare in the UK. A decision is expected to be taken on the league today.