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JUST IN: UEFA set to suspend the Champions League and Europa League

UEFA are set to announce that both the Champions League and Europa League are suspended with immediate effect.

The coronavirus outbreak paralyzing the continent is to bring a halt to both premier club competitions.

Confirmation of the news is expected imminently and the suspension of fixtures, according to Marca, includes tonight’s encounters involving the likes of LASK vs Manchester United and Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen.

Serie A and LaLiga have suspended matches but the Premier League is yet to do so.

And now UEFA is following suit with the situation becoming 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.

 

Concerns about fans gathering en masse and spreading the illness have led to the decision

Serie A and LaLiga have suspended matches but the Premier League is yet to do so. And now UEFA is following suit with the situation becoming 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.

Clearly this prevents them from playing and potentially spreading coronavirus, meaning UEFA have little choice but to suspend games.

Real Madrid was 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.

Manchester United’s game against LASK on Thursday night was initially going to be played behind closed doors and the club are reimbursing fans who forked out to attend to the tune of £350.

Now the match is not going to be played and an alternative time will have to be found for it to take place.

Juventus player Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus and is in isolation

Cristiano Ronaldo and both Juventus and Inter Milan players are in quarantine too 

More than 800 people in Italy have died from coronavirus so far and the World Health Organisation has declared it a pandemic.

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 has 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 but news that the European competitions are to be postponed will throw up huge questions about how the season will finish and when key matches will be played.

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