The Swiss Super League has been suspended until at least March 23 because of the coronavirus outbreak after the clubs rejected the possibility of playing matches behind closed doors.
Switzerland, who also have confirmed cases of the virus, introduced a ban on Friday on events expected to draw 1,000 people or more until March 15 in an effort to combat the coronavirus.
In response, the Swiss League called off all matches in the top two divisions and Saturday and Sunday and it has now extended the ban to the international break at the end of March.
“The option of holding the matches without spectators was also discussed. The clubs decided against this step for economic reasons and because there are currently still enough alternative dates available,” said the League in a statement.
The suspension of the Swiss Super League could affect FC Basel, who have a Europa League last-16 home clash against Eintracht Frankfurt on March 19.
Meanwhile, in the Premier League, Newcastle United and West Ham have introduced a handshake ban in an attempt to minimise the spread of the coronavirus.
By Ofhani Munyai