According to the announcement from UEFA, the second leg of the European Cup 1/8 round between Man City vs Real Madrid taking place at dawn on March 18 has been officially delayed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic across Europe.
Need to know, the current Real Madrid players are safely isolated. The reason is that a Real Madrid basketball player has been identified as positive for COVID-19, while both soccer and basketball teams train in the same sports complex.
In addition, the match between Juventus and Lyon was in the same situation, when Rugani of the Serie A champions was positive for COVID-19. The remaining 2 matches between Barca vs Napoli and Bayern Munich vs Chelsea are expected to play one day later, it is likely that inevitable will be delayed.
Earlier, UEFA also announced that Inter Milan against Getafe at home and Roma as guests against Sevilla in the Europa League have been postponed indefinitely. Some of the past matches also have to compete without the audience.
Besides, the La Liga and Serie A leagues also suspended the matches for nearly a month. Following that, the possibility of such tournaments as the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and even the Premier League may have to be halted.
All English football leagues have been postponed until April 30 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe. But when the epidemic situation has not shown signs of abating, tournaments may be suspended for longer.
According to a report by The Telegraph, the Premier League organizers have considered a plan to postpone the tournament until June. After that, the matches will be held on the field without spectators to prevent the risk of spreading the disease.
The organizers try to arrange all the remaining 92 matches to take place in a mere 6 weeks to ensure the 2020/21 season is still started according to the plan. Accordingly, the teams have about 4 weeks to prepare for the new season to kick off on 8/8.
If feasible, this is the most reasonable plan for the Premier League in the current plague. However, the players will be exhausted because they have to play continuously and do not have time to vacation.
This affects the professional quality in the early matches of the new season. In addition, teams also lose ticket sales, television rights and profits from friendly matches in the summer.
Of course, plans can change at any time depending on the situation of the disease and the policies of the British government.