The spread of coronavirus in Europe has led to widespread disruptions and calcium has been heavily affected as a result.
In the UK, the largest one-day increase in confirmed cases was witnessed on Sunday and the third death from the virus also occurred, ahead of Monday’s COBRA government meeting.
Discussions will be held that the government is moving to the next phase of its plan, the delayed phase, which could lead to the implementation of social exclusion measures – which may include the closure of schools, people who are asked to work from meetings are banned from home and from the crowd.
In Europe, similar actions have also been taken, with France banning meetings of over 1,000 people and Italy quarantining the northern part of the country, as they currently fight the largest number of cases outside of China.
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As a result, the sport has suffered a strong impact, with Italy ordering Serie A matches to be played behind closed doors until at least April 3, and Champions League matches have also been hit, with UEFA canceling the pre-game handshakes before the games.
Here is the progress of each return tie in the Champions League 16 group.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham (10/03)
The second leg of Tottenham’s Champions League draw against RB Leipzig in Germany will continue as planned, confirmed a spokesman for Mayor Burkhard Jung’s office.
It was feared that the draw could be influenced by the spread of the coronavirus, but the game will continue with the spectators present.
Valencia vs Atalanta (10/03)
Valencia will try to reverse the deficit 4-1 from the first leg when they return to Mestalla on Tuesday, but no fans will be present.
The Spanish health ministry says it wants to avoid “large fan gatherings” and follows the orders of the Italian government for matches in the country which will be held behind closed doors until April 3.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid (11/03)
Liverpool’s hosting of Atletico Madrid in Anfield is not yet subject to additional restrictions.
However, UEFA told Liverpool Echo last week that the situation is being taken “very seriously” and that contact exists between the European governing body and the World Health Organization.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund (11/03)
Paris police forced to announce Monday that the hosting of Paris Saint-Germain of Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday would take place behind closed doors.
Possible action on the Champions League draw was discussed over the weekend and the announcement means that PSG will try to reverse a 2-1 deficit in an empty stadium.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid (17/03)
Manchester City’s hosting of Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium has not yet been further affected by the coronavirus, with only the usual restrictions on pre-game handshakes.
However, Monday’s COBRA meeting may change the situation ahead of next week’s outing.
Juventus vs Lyon (17/03)
The Malta Football Association said Sunday it had rejected a Juventus request for the return game against Lyon in its home country.
“Informal contact has been established … but in any case, the hypothesis of Italian fans arriving in Malta is impossible and the directives of the Maltese health authorities must be respected”.
No official decision has yet been confirmed on fans participating in the game, but it is very likely that the game will be subject to the same restrictions as Serie A.
Barcelona vs Naples (18/03)
Barcelona will play the return leg of their Champions League draw with Napoli behind closed doors, the Liga giants confirmed Tuesday.
“The Champions League match scheduled for Wednesday 18 March between FC Barcelona and Napoli will be played behind closed doors at Camp Nou.”
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (18/03)
Bayern Munich expert Christian Falk said that the Bavarian team hosting Chelsea next week will also likely be playing behind closed doors.
“The @FCBayern game against @ChelseaFC should be fanless,” tweeted the Sport Bild reporter on Monday evening.
However, no official decision has yet been announced.