The European football’s governing body has delayed both the Champions League & Europa League matches of next week
UEFA has declared that all Champions League and Europa League matches set for next week will be postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak especially being declared as a pandemic.
After both Juventus and Real Madrid players have been declared affected, UEFA had no option but to cancel its planned closed-door match that was held this week. This means the Wednesday and Thursday’s ties have all now been affected.
So, the matches between Bayern Munich and Chelsea along with the clash between Barcelona and Napoli will also be suspended. The Europa League matches of Machester Utd, Wolves, Inter, Roma and many others will see their games being rescheduled.
UEFA said in its statement released on Friday morning :
“In the light of developments due to the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed.
“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.
“Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.
“As a consequence of the postponements, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.
“UEFA yesterday 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 a videoconference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.”
Only UEFA was left to halt its tournament after the likes of Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1, and Netherland’s Eredivisie which all have suspended play at least for March.
The other big-league i.e. the Premier League was also added to that list on Friday, with the FA releasing the following statement:
“The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.”
Only the German League i.e. the Bundesliga is still set to go ahead, including the fans in some capacity. The DFL has announced that Bayern Munich’s away trip to Union Berlin will go ahead as planned while Bayern & Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara has labelled the decision both irresponsible and imprudent.
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