Which footballers have tested positive for coronavirus? What games and competitions are suspended? What are other countries doing?
Are Premier League games still on?
No. The Premier League has announced that matches will be suspended until April 4 at the very earliest.
Wednesday night’s game between Manchester City and Arsenal was the first Premier League game to face postponement.
Are England’s games in late March still on?
No. Friendlies against Italy and Denmark, scheduled for March 27 and March 31 respectively, have been cancelled and will not go ahead. Those who have bought tickets will be refunded within 14 working days.
Which footballers and clubs have been affected?
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal head coach – tested positive for coronavirus (March 12)
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea and England player – tested positive for coronavirus (March 12)
Benjamin Mendy, Manchester City and France player – self-isolating following family member’s hospitalisation, has been tested (March 12)
Arsenal – entire men’s first team is self-isolating, plus staff who have been in contact with Arteta
Chelsea – entire men’s first team is self-isolating, plus staff who have been in contact with Hudson-Odoi
Leicester City – three unnamed players in self-isolation after showing symptoms of coronavirus (March 12)
Everton – one unnamed played has symptoms, entire squad in self-isolation (March 13)
Real Madrid – entire squad is self-isolating following a member of the basketball team testing positive for coronavirus (March 12)
Daniele Rugani, Juventus and Italy player – tested positive for coronavirus (March 11)
Juventus – entire men’s first team is self-isolating, plus staff who have been in contact with Rugani
Evangelos Marinakis, Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos owner – tested positive for coronavirus (March 11)
Are EFL games still on?
No. EFL matches are cancelled until April 4 – the same protocol being followed by the Premier League.
Are Scottish Premiership games still on?
No. All professional and grassroots matches in Scotland have been postponed until further notice.
Are any football matches still happening in England?
Yes. Many non-league games are still going ahead. Currently, every fixture in the National League due to take place this weekend is due to take place.
Are Champions League and Europa League games still on?
All UEFA competitions, including Champions League and Europa League matches, have been postponed, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Juventus vs Luon, Barcelona vs Napoli and Bayern Munich vs Chelsea are all postponed in the Champions League next week.
Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers will all have their matches postponed too.
The draws for the next rounds – which were set for March 20 – are also off.
Will Euro 2020 go ahead?
Euro 2020 is currently scheduled to begin in June, and will be discussed at UEFA’s meeting on Tuesday, March 17. Possible scenarios include delaying the tournament by a year or changing the format away from having 12 host countries.
Is it safe to attend football matches in the UK that are happening?
With many now cancelling plans to travel, there has been discussion among fans over whether it is in the best interests of safety to attend games.
The Centres for Disease Control recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to countries affected by coronavirus, though the UK is not currently on that list.
What are other countries’ leagues doing?
Premier League, England – suspended until April 4 (March 13)
Scottish Premiership, Scotland – suspended indefinitely (March 13)
La Liga, Spain – suspended for at least two weeks (March 12)
Serie A, Italy – suspended until April 3 (March 9)
Ligue 1, France – all games to take place behind closed doors until April 15 (March 10)
Bundesliga, Germany – all games to take place behind closed doors (March 12)
Eredivisie, Netherlands – suspended for two weeks (March 12)
MLS, USA – suspended until April 11 (March 12)
Primera Liga, Portugal – suspended indefinitely (March 12)
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