A man wears a face mask in central Madrid, Spain, Monday, March 9, 2020. Health authorities in the Madrid region say that infections for the new coronavirus have more than doubled in the past 24 hours.
A man wears a face mask in central Madrid, Spain, Monday, March 9, 2020. Health authorities in the Madrid region say that infections for the new coronavirus have more than doubled in the past 24 hours. |Manu Fernandez | Associated Press
Soccer

UEFA ready to suspend all tournaments after the round of 16 finishes next week

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

With the Italian leagues all in hiatus because of COVID-19, UEFA is ready to follow suit and suspend the Champions League and Europa league before the quarterfinals.

According to Spanish radio station Cataluyna Radio, UEFA will make a decision shortly about the competitions.

Already this week, multiple matches will be played with no fans in the stands, including PSG Borussia Dortmund and LASK Linz Manchester United.

The virus, which has become a major problem in many European countries as well as in the USA, has also threatened sporting events in the summer as well, such as the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the EURO 2020 football.

Tuesday, the scheduled round of 16 Europa League contest between Greek team Olympiacos and Wolverhampton Thursday was thrown into major doubt, as the entire Olympiacos squad was sent to the hospital for evaluation after owner Evangelos Marinakis told social media the he has tested positive for COVID-19. It is currently scheduled to be played behind closed doors, but that may change in the next day.

“The recent virus has ‘visited ‘me and I felt obliged to let the public know," Marinakis wrote. "I feel good as I take all the necessary measures and I discipline to the doctors’ instructions. I strongly advise all my fellow citizens to do the same. I wish all a quick recovery.”

Marinakis also owns EFL Championship club Nottingham Forest, and was at the game last Friday as the club hosted Millwall.

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