UEFA announced all Champions League and Europa League suspension due to coronavirus

UEFA announce all European games for next week are off due to the coronavirus.

UEFA have announced all of next week’s European games are off due to the coronavirus. That includes the Champions League and Europa League ties.

Juventus vs Lyon was also off with the problems in Italy, and now Barcelona vs Napoli and Bayern vs Chelsea is off.

In the Europa League Rangers’ return leg with Bayer Leverkusen is off as is Manchester United’s home tie with LASK and Wolves’ home match with Olympiakos.

The Premier League are also expected to announce a suspension of games following most other major leagues postponing fixtures as the pandemic grows.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive, while Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has as well.

A statement from Uefa read: “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.

“This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020.

“Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.

“As a consequence of the postponements, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.

“UEFA yesterday 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 a videoconference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.”

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