Champions League and Europa League to be suspended


In a bid to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus across Europe, UEFA is set to suspend Champions League and the Europa League matches.

As precautionary measures some matches in Europe have been played behind closed doors without supporters to halt the outbreak.

On Thursday, La Liga confirmed that all its top flights matches in the two top divisions in Spain have been suspended for two weeks.

Serie A has also postponed indefinitely all matches as Italy has been on lock down over the rising cases of deaths from Coronavirus.
Juventus defender, Daniele Rugani emerged the first high profile footballer to test positive for coronavirus. according to the club. This has been followed by another Italian player, Manolo Gabbiadini of Sampdoria who has also tested positive for the virus
UEFA which was considering the possibility of stopping the other round of 16 Champions League fixtures and Europa League fixtures after Thursday matches have decided to suspend further matches indefinitely.

A statement from UEFA said: ‘In the light of the ongoing developments in the spread of COVID-19 across Europe and the changing analysis of the World Health Organisation, UEFA has today 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 attend meetings by video-conference on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak. ‘Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA EURO 2020.’ Manchester United have already reimbursed all 700 supporters who were planning to attend the club’s Europa League clash with LASK by paying each fan £350 to cover the cost of their travel, accommodation and match ticket.