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Coronavirus vs sport. Will Premier League be cancelled? What about EURO 2020? [AUTOUPDATE]

Coronavirus is affecting sporting events around the world. Will Premier League be cancelled? What about EURO 2020? Stay updated with STATSCORE.

Olympic Games postponed to 2021

UPDATE 24/03/2020, 1:50 PM CET

Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community  –  reads the official statement from the International Olympic Committee.


IOC: no need for drastic decision

UPDATE 18/03/2020, 2:46 PM CET

International Olympic Committee has issued an official statement regarding Tokyo Olympic Games, in which the organisation claims that it remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.


Copa America pushed back until 2021

UPDATE 17/03/2020, 8:56 PM CET

CONMEBOL announced has announced that the Copa America will be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

After a detailed analysis of the situation regarding the evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID19) around the world and in the region, and of the recommendations made by international organizations in the field of public health to take extreme precautions, CONMEBOL announces the postponement of the 47th edition of the CONMEBOL Copa América until June 11 to July 11, 2021 – part of the official statement reads.


UEFA’s decisions on national and club competitions

UPDATE 17/03/2020, 8:47 PM CET

UEFA, the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPRO Europe sign a resolution on how European football should react to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

National team competitions:

  • The play-off qualifying matches of the UEFA EURO 2020 scheduled to be played in March 2020 will be postponed until the international windows of June 2020, subject to a review of the situation.
  • The final tournament of the UEFA EURO 2020, which was set to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020, will be postponed to 11 June to 11 July 2021. This will help to ensure that the UEFA EURO 2020 can be a great celebration of football for all the supporters across the continent.
  • European qualifiers matchdays 3 and 4 currently scheduled to take place in June 2021 will be re-scheduled.
  • The UEFA Nations League Finals, the final tournament of the UEFA U21 EURO and the UEFA Women’s EURO all scheduled between June and July 2021 will be re-scheduled accordingly.
  • Clubs will release players to national teams for all rescheduled tournaments.

Club competitions:

  • A commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. 30 June 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough.
  • Possible limitations or drops of current exclusive calendar slots, potentially resulting in the scheduling of domestic league matches in mid-week and scheduling of UEFA club competitions matches on weekends.
  • Possible adaptations of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds in case of late completion of the 2019/20 sporting season, i.e. after 30 June 2020


EURO 2020 has been postponed!

UPDATE 17/03/2020, 2:03 PM CET

According to unofficial information, UEFA has decided to postpone EURO 2020 until next summer due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Norwegian Football Associations has informed via its Twitter account that:

UEFA has decided that the European Championship will be postponed to 2021. It will be held from 11 June to 11 July next year.


Mexican league suspended

UPDATE 17/03/2020, 12:25 PM CET

Football competitions in Mexico have been halted due to coronavirus concerns.

All matches of Liga MX (first tier), Ascenso BBVA MX (second tier) and the Liga MX Women have been suspended.


Could EURO 2020 be held in Russia?

UPDATE 17/03/2020, 09:20 AM CET

Russian vice president Dmitry Chernyshenko declared that Russia would be willing to host more EURO 2020 games if it was necessary.

The tournament was originally supposed to take place from June 12 to July 12 across twelve different European cities.


Brazil suspends national football competitions

UPDATE 16/03/2020, 09:55 AM CET

The CBF, Brazilian football federation, has decided to suspend all national football competitions for an indefinite period.

Football federations governing different Brazilian states will have autonomy over their own competitions.

Yesterday, players from Brazilian club Gremio Porto Alegre wore masks in protest at having to play a football game during the coronavirus pandemic.


Will UEFA postpone EURO 2020?

UPDATE 16/03/2020, 09:08 AM CET

UEFA has 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 coronavirus outbreak.


Premier League shuts down due to coronavirus

UPDATE 13/03/2020, 12:25 PM CET

Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England

It was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time – reads the official statement from the Premier League.


UEFA Champions League and Europa League officially postponed

UPDATE 13/03/2020, 11:44 AM CET

  • None of the matches in UEFA competitions, including the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, will take place next week. This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020.


Major League Soccer suspended

UPDATE 13/03/2020, 10:21 AM CET

  • Major League Soccer has decided to suspend its season for 30 days as the league continues to assess the impact of the coronavirus.


Australian F1 Grand Prix cancelled

UPDATE 13/03/2020, 10:04 AM CET

  • Formula 1 and the FIA have agreed to cancel the season opener in Melbourne due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, McLaren withdrew from the race after one of its staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.


Will EURO 2020 be postponed?

UPDATE 13/03/2020, 9:56 AM CET

  • UEFA is going to hold a crisis meeting on Tuesday (March 17) to consider postponing Euro 2020 until next summer because of the coronavirus outbreak.


NBA suspended, MLB pushes back start of the season

UPDATE 13/03/2020, 9:35 AM CET

American sports league are cancelling their games due to the coronavirus crisis.

  • The NBA has suspended its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.
  • The MLB has decided to push back the start of its season at least two weeks, and to halt all spring season games.
  • After consulting with medical experts, the NHL has also paused its season.
  • The XFL announced that it has suspended its inaugural season after five games due to the coronavirus outbreak, it plans to return in 2021.
  • The NCAA has made a decision to cancel March Madness, the men’s Division I basketball tournament, as well as all the other winter and spring NCAA championships


Champions League games rescheduled

UPDATE 13/03/2020, 8:16 AM CET

Following the quarantine imposed on players of Juventus and Real Madrid, the following Champions League matches have been postponed:

  • Manchester City FC – Real Madrid CF
  • Juventus – Olympique Lyonnais


Premier League expected to postpone games

UPDATE 13/03/2020, 8:10 AM CET

  • Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion have announced that Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Arsenal has been postponed.
  • Premier League is expected to issue an official statement today.


La Liga fixtures officially postponed

UPDATE 12/03/2020, 2:15 PM CET

The official statement from La Liga:

Given the circumstances that are coming to light this morning, referring to the quarantine established in Real Madrid and the possible cases in players from other clubs, LaLiga considers it appropriate to continue to the next phase of the protocol of action against COVID-19.  As a result, in accordance with the measures established in Royal Decree 664/1997 of May 12, it agrees to postpone at least the next two matchdays.

Said decision will be reevaluated after the completion of the quarantines decreed in the affected clubs and the other possible situations that may arise.

LaLiga, as organizer of the competition, has proceeded to communicate its decision to the Spanish football federation (RFEF), the High Sports Council (CSD) and the Clubs.


Daniele Rugani tests positive for coronavirus

UPDATE 12/03/2020, 8:19 AM CET

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Covid-19. It is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the Serie A. Juventus and Inter Milan players are all in quarantine. Rugani was a substitute during Juventus’s 2-0 win over Inter, a match that was held behind close doors on March 8.


UEFA Youth League games won’t take place

UPDATE 11/03/2020, 3:17 PM CET

Real Madrid youth will not travel for their encounter against Juventus due to the Spanish government’s ban on flights between Spain and Italy.

Earlier, Inter Milan decided to forfeit their tie with Rennes in UEFA Youth League and withdrew from the competition.


First professional footballer in Germany tests positive for coronavirus

UPDATE 11/03/2020, 3:03 PM CET

Hannover 96 centre-back Timo Hübers has tested positive for coronavirus. The 23-year-old player has been put in domestic quarantine while his teammates keep preparing for their next 2. Bundesliga match against Dynamo Dresden.


Getafe refuses to fly to Milan

UPDATE 11/03/2020, 2:53 PM CET

Getafe’s president declares that he will not allow his team to travel to Milan for their Europa League clash with Inter. Angel Torres says he’s not going to risk his players amid the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.


AS Roma not allowed to land in Spain

UPDATE 11/03/2020, 2:48 PM CET

AS Roma will not be allowed by Spanish authorities to travel to Sevilla for a round of 16 Europa League match on Thursday.

Official statement from AS Roma: AS Roma will not go to Spain for the Europa League match against Sevilla due to lack of authorization from local authorities. More details will be announced by UEFA.


Dutch Eredivisie fixtures to be rescheduled

UPDATE 11/03/2020, 11:37 AM CET

  • Three Eredivisie fixtures, Willem II – SC Heerenveen, PSV – FC Emmen, and RKC Waalwijk – FC Groningen, have been postponed after the local government of Noord-Brabant banned events involving more than 1,000 people.


Polish Ekstraklasa behind closed doors

UPDATE 11/03/2020, 10:47 AM CET

  • Polish authorities have decided to cancel all mass event due to the coronavirus outbreak. Polish Ekstraklasa, which is the first tier of football in the country, has announced that the games will be held without fans until further notice.


Will Premier League be cancelled?

UPDATE 11/03/2020, 8:51 AM CET

  • Today’s Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal has been postponed. Some Gunners players and staff members are currently self-isolated because they had contact with the Olympiacos Pireus owner Evangelos Marinakis, who has been named as a positive case of COVID-19.


Is Spanish La Liga suspended?

UPDATE 10/03/2020, 8:40 PM CET 

  • Spanish La Liga has decided that the next two matchdays will be played without fans.
  • Bundesliga has decided that multiple league matches will be played without spectators.
  • UCL fixture between Bayern Munich and Chelsea will also take place without fans.
  • Europa League game between FC Basel and Eintracht Frankfurt has been postponed.
  • Portugal’s top two tiers of football will play games behind closed doors this weekend.
  • Europa League’s game between Manchester United and LASK on Thursday, March 12, will also be played without fans.


UPDATE 10/03/2020, 1:40 PM CET

FC Barcelona announced that their Champions League game against Napoli on March 18  will be played without the public.


Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has announced that the Serie A season will be suspended because of the coronavirus crisis. All the other sporting events in the country have also been halted. The UEFA authorities have decided that Champions League games Valencia – Atalanta, and PSG – Borussia will be held without fans.

Is Serie A cancelled?

On Monday, when the number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy rose to 463, Giuseppe Conte announced that there the red zone would be expanded across the country. The drastic measures introduced by the government include restrictions on travel and public gatherings.

Io resto a casa (I stay at home) is how the Prime Minister summarised this policy.

All public events have been cancelled. Cinemas, theatres, discos and pubs have been banned, there will be no public funerals nor weddings. All sporting events have been suspended, including, of course, all football games.

Is Champions League cancelled due to coronavirus?

Yesterday, UEFA announced that the following Champions League and Europa League fixtures will be held without fans:

Champions League, Round of 16:

Valencia CF – Atalanta BC, 10 March, 21.00 CET

Paris Saint-Germain – Borussia Dortmund, 11 March, 21:00 CET

Europa League, Round of 16:

Inter Milan – Getafe CF, 12 March, 21.00 CET

Olympiacos FC – Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, 12 March, 21:00 CET

UEFA also announced that players would not shake hands with other players or referees before the games.

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Ligue 1 games played with no more than 1,000 spectators

French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu announced on Monday that the top-flight games in the country will be held in empty stadiums. In line with the regulation, there can be no more than 1,000 fans at the stadium.

Clubs can either decide to sell up to 1,000 tickets, they can choose to play behind closed doors, or they may postpone their games, Maracineanu said.

After this decision was announced, Olympique Lyonnais informed that their game against Stade de Reims, scheduled for Friday 13 March, will be played behind closed doors.

Which football competitions were cancelled?

  • In Switzerland, Super League and Challenge League have been postponed.
  • South Korea’s K-League has moved the start of the season until the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak eases.
  • Japan’s J-League fixtures have been postponed until mid-March.
  • Iran has postponed all football matches until further notice.

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