Champions League and Europa League may be suspended by UEFA due to COVID-19

Champions League and Europa League may be suspended by UEFA due to COVID-19
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The Champions League and Europa League may be suspended after the round-of-16 fixtures are played due to the coronavirus outbreak, Apa Sport reports.

Europe’s two continental club competitions have round-of-16 matches taking place this and next week, with some ties already confirmed to be played behind closed doors.

And, according to reports in Spain, UEFA will make the decision to suspend both competitions due to COVID-19 once the round-of-16 fixtures are all played.

Catalunya Radio say European football’s governing body are considering how to proceed in the midst of the health crisis, and suspending all matches seems a suitable solution.

On Monday, the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund was confirmed to be played with no spectators at the Parc des Princes, while Wolves will also take on Olympiakos in Greece behind closed doors.

Barcelona followed their example by announcing their own round-of-16 match, at home against Napoli, will take place at an empty Camp Nou.

“The Champions League match scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, between FC Barcelona and Napoli, will be played at Camp Nou behind closed doors,” read a statement from the Catalan club.

Meanwhile, Gary Neville, the joint-owner of League Two side Salford, would rather the season be delayed than games played behind closed doors, should the coronavirus outbreak stop supporters from attending Premier League and EFL games.

“I do not support matches played behind closed doors,” the former England and Manchester United defender said on Twitter.

“If it’s necessary to shut down stadiums the associations must find a way of delaying the season and playing the games when it is safe to do so to protect the revenues for clubs that require this income to survive.”

Sports bodies met with government ministers on Monday at a meeting chaired by the department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to discuss contingency plans in relation to COVID-19.

ApaSport

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