Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and following the quarantine imposed on players of Real Madrid and Juventus, the Uefa Champions League last 16 encounters between Manchester City and Real Madrid as well as Juventus and Olympique Lyonnais have been suspended.
The decision to postpone the Champions League games follows confirmation that players from Madrid went into quarantine on Thursday with La Liga announcing that Spain’s top two division Leagues will be suspended for two weeks due to the coronavirus.
Madrid stars will self-isolate for fifteen days as a result of a player from the club’s basketball team testing positive for COVID-19.
The Madrid basketball players share facilities with Real Madrid’s football within Valdebebas.
“Real Madrid C. F announces that a member of our basketball first team has tested positive for coronavirus, “the club statement reads.
“The recommendation of remaining in quarantine has been followed with immediate effect, with this measure applied to both the basketball and football first teams, given that the two squads share the facilities at Real Madrid City.
“In addition, a decision has been made to close our training ground and it is recommended that all Real Madrid staff who work at Real Madrid City remain in quarantine. The Euro League basketball match and the La Liga football fixture scheduled will not be played.”
LaLiga confirms suspension of the competition for Matchdays 28 and 29.
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) March 12, 2020
La Liga said they will “re-valuate” the situation after the completion of quarantine “in the affected clubs and other possible situations that may arise”.
The Champions League round of 16 fixtures postponed were scheduled to take place:
Manchester City FC vs Real Madrid, 17 March and Juventus vs Olympique Lyonnais, 17 March.
In a statement, the Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) said that further decisions on the two matches will be communicated in due course.”
In addition, the EURO 202 are likely to be put on hold as well.
“In the light of the ongoing developments in the spread of COVID-19 across Europe and the changing analysis of the World Health Organisation, UEFA has 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 attend meetings by video conference on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak, “the Uefa statement reads.
The video conference will include discussions of all domestic and European competitions, including Euro 2020.
“Further communication will be made following those meetings.”- Uefa.
By FARPost Reporter