All UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches scheduled to be performed subsequent week have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, European soccer’s governing physique mentioned on Friday. The transfer comes after two of subsequent week’s 4 scheduled Champions League final 16, second legs — between Manchester City and Real Madrid, and between Juventus and Lyon — had already been referred to as off on Thursday. That adopted Real’s announcement that their squad had been positioned in quarantine after one of many membership’s basketball gamers examined constructive for the virus. Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has additionally examined constructive for the virus.
Two different matches scheduled for subsequent Wednesday, between Barcelona and Napoli and between Bayern Munich and Chelsea, had been initially attributable to go forward behind closed doorways.
“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,” UEFA mentioned in a press release.
“Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.”
The postponements additionally have an effect on all of the second legs of the Europa League last-16 spherical.
Six of the eight first-leg matches had been performed on Thursday, 4 behind closed doorways, together with Manchester United’s 5-Zero win away to LASK Linz in Austria.
The different two matches, between Inter Milan and Getafe and between Sevilla and AS Roma, had been referred to as off.
UEFA additionally confirmed that the attracts for the Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals, which had been purported to be held subsequent Friday, March 20, had been postponed as a consequence.
The physique will maintain a disaster assembly subsequent Tuesday to work out a approach ahead for his or her membership competitions and for Euro 2020, which might now be postponed by a 12 months as a result of pandemic.
Several European international locations, together with Italy, Spain and France, have suspended their home leagues.