European football governing body UEFA has announced it is postponing all Champions League and Europa League matches scheduled for next week in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Last Words of Young Driver Who Died of COVID-19 After Woman Coughed in His Cab: Pray For me
In a statement on Friday morning, UEFA said, “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.” Also Read - Coronavirus: 65-Year-Old Man Dies in Assam, First COVID-19 Casualty From State And Northeast
“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.” Also Read - #DilSeThankYou Initiative: Akshay Kumar, Varun Dhawan, Shilpa Shetty, Kapoor Sisters Salute Mumbai Police For Service During Coronavirus Outbreak
The decisions regarding the rescheduling will be communicated in due course, UEFA said.
As a direct result of this decision, the draw for the quarter-final stages of Champions League and Europa League to be held on March 29 has also been cancelled.
UEFA will hold a meeting via video-conference with all its 55 member associations alongside boards of European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro on Tuesday next week to discuss future course of action.
“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 video-conference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak,” the statement said.
There have been speculations around the postponement of the 2020 Euro Championships to next year in wake of the global spread of coronavirus.