The Chelsea Champions League clash at Bayern Munich and the Manchester United match at LASK will both take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Blues will travel to Germany next Wednesday for the return leg of their last game of 16 with the German champions, while the Red Devils will be in Austria this Thursday for the first leg of their last clash in the Europa League.
COVID-19 has affected sporting events around the world and, on Monday, Italy entered total detention nationwide, with 9,172 cases and 463 deaths.
As of Tuesday morning, the number of cases in Spain has exceeded 1,000 and the Spanish authorities have recommended that football be played without spectators for at least two weeks.
“According to information from the Higher Sports Council (CSD), LaLiga Santander matches will be played behind closed doors, starting today [March 10] and for at least the next two weeks, “read a statement.
“La Liga will continue to be in constant contact with the Ministry of Health and the CSD to follow its recommendations and / or decisions, giving priority to the health of supporters, players, club employees, journalists, etc. ., due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
“For weeks, the Liga has been working on alternative plans in coordination with UEFA in the event that the health authorities decide to suspend a match, creating a plan to play those matches.”
Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said Tuesday that all outdoor events with more than 500 people would not be allowed until mid-April.
Several Champions League matches – including PSG against Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona against Napoli and Valencia against Atalanta – are confirmed to be held behind closed doors, while Olympiakos against Wolves in the Europa League have the same measure in place .
Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who is also the majority owner of Nottingham Forest, announced Tuesday that he has contracted the virus.
In a statement on the Instagram social media website, Marinakis wrote: “The recent virus” visited “me and I felt compelled to let the public know about it.
“I feel good taking all the necessary measures and following the doctor’s instructions. I strongly advise all of my fellow citizens to do the same. I wish everyone a speedy recovery. “
It is understood that Marinakis was at Forest’s game against Millwall last Friday and met with players and staff before the game, while he also took photos with fans at the City Ground.
Sports organizations met with government ministers in the United Kingdom on Monday during a meeting chaired by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to discuss emergency plans for Covid-19.
There was talk of playing behind closed doors in the Premier League and EFL, but Gary Neville, co-owner of Sky Bet League Two, Salford, joined those who rejected him as an alternative.
“I do NOT support matches played behind closed doors,” said former England and Manchester United defender Neville on Twitter.
“If it is necessary to close the stadiums, the associations must find a way to delay the season and play the games when it is safe to protect the income of the clubs which need this income to survive.”
The Super League match between the Catalans Dragons and Leeds, which will be played Saturday in Perpignan, will now take place behind closed doors.
The France / Ireland Six Nations match was postponed Monday. Ireland was scheduled to play the match in Paris on Saturday, but it will no longer take place on the advice of the French government.
As it stands, the Wales vs Scotland match is the only match in the last Six Nations round which should take place as originally planned, after the Italy / England match in Rome was postponed last week.
Definition of coronavirus by the World Health Organization
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from colds to more serious illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A new coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, which means they are transmitted between animals and humans. Detailed investigations have revealed that SARS-CoV is transmitted from civets to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedaries to humans. Several known coronaviruses circulate in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations for preventing the spread of infection include washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and carefully cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
French Minister of Health Olivier Veran announced Sunday evening that all gatherings of more than 1,000 people are now banned in the country, which means that Ligue 1 matches must be played behind closed doors or in front of no more than 1000 spectators.
All national sports actions have been suspended in Italy after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced at a press conference that the whole country would be locked out from Tuesday morning.
The country’s National Olympic Committee (CONI) initially made the announcement on Monday, but CONI’s jurisdiction does not cover Italian clubs or national teams involved in international competitions, such as the Football Champions League.
Other overseas sporting events continue to be affected by the epidemic and organizers of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells have announced that the event will not take place.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Kim Clijsters were among the players who were scheduled to participate in the tournament scheduled to start in California on Monday.
Indian Wells is the first mandatory Premier event of the WTA season and is a Masters 1000 event on the men’s tour.
World Snooker has confirmed that attendance at the Gibraltar Open arena will be limited to 100 people as a precaution.
The organizers of the European Champions Cup and the Rugby Union Challenge Cup, EPCR, say quarter-final matches scheduled for the weekend of 3-5 April should continue.
The Lancashire County Cricket Club has announced that preseason trips to Dubai and Potchefstroom in South Africa have been canceled on the advice of the relevant health authorities. The club said it was finalizing alternative plans on its territory.
The International Judo Federation has canceled all scheduled Olympic qualifying events until April 30.
In addition, the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed from its original date of April 19, while the Bahrain GP on March 20 will take place in the absence of fans.