UEFA Will Hold Crisis Talks Over The Champions League Europa League
UEFA are to hold crisis talks over the [/sport/champions_league/index.html Champions League], [/sport/europa-league/index.html Europa League] and Euro 2020 on March 17 with cancellation up for discussion.
With the [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] outbreak paralysing the continent, European football's governing body will decide how to react.
UEFA have called a meeting next Tuesday to discuss football's response to the outbreak which many believe will lead to the postponement of all fixtures.
The Champions League and Europa League could be suspended due to coronavirus
Concerns about fans gathering en masse and spreading the illness are at the forefront
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A statement on their website read: '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 videoconference 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.
'Further communication will be made following those meetings.'
Serie A and LaLiga have suspended matches but the [/sport/premierleague/index.html Premier League] are yet to do so.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are due to face Real Madrid next Tuesday
And now UEFA are could follow suit with the situation becoming almost untenable.
Juventus were scheduled to face Lyon next Tuesday but one of their players, Daniele Rugani, tested positive for coronavirus, meaning everyone he came into contact with including team-mates and staff must self-quarantine for 14 days.
The could prevent them from playing and potentially spreading coronavirus, meaning UEFA may have little choice but to suspend games.
Real Madrid are due to play Manchester City next Tuesday but the Spanish side are all in quarantine until at least March 27 after a club basketball player testing positive for COVID-19.
UEFA sources say there is no way that the game can go ahead and official confirmation is expected in the coming days.
More than 800 people in Italy have died from coronavirus so far and the World Health Organisation has declared it a pandemic.
Juventus player Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus and https://www.dhootgroup.net/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=2053490 is in isolation
Cristiano Ronaldo and both Juventus and Inter Milan players are in quarantine too
Every sphere of life is being affected by the illness and the sporting calendar is being thrown into chaos.
Serie A in Italy, along with all top-level sport, is off until April 3.
LaLiga in Spain have suspended competition for at least two weeks. A meeting between the Spanish Football Federation, the football union in and the league itself on Thursday resulted in the suspension of the next two matchdays in the top tier.
The Premier League is at present continuing with weekend matches as usual and UEFA will provide an update on their decisions after next Tuesday's meeting.