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Coronavirus forces sporting events to happen behind closed doors

The Football Association of Ireland has announced all football activity has been suspended until March 29.

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Coronavirus forces sporting events to happen behind closed doors
Euro 2020 is postponed duo to Coronavirus outbreak. Photo: SB Nation

With the numbers of Coronavirus affected growing in different countries, major sporting events have been decided to locked down behind closed doors with some are even postponed.

Both football and cricket leagues are advised to be rescheduled. The most cash-rich franchise tournament in cricket – the Indian Premier League (IPL) will also be a TV-affair this season as no spectators are going to allowed to witness live action in the stadiums.

A senior BCCI official said, “We are keen to start the IPL on time even if it means without crowds. It could be TV-only as it is a medical emergency and we can do nothing about that.

“Of course we want players and fans to be safe and will take every precaution to carry on with the league in a smooth manner,” the official said.

Meanwhile in the wake of the pandemic throughout the globe, the remaining second and third one-day international matches of the bilateral series between India and South Africa might take place behind closed doors.

Euro 2020 could be postponed until next summer at an emergency Uefa meeting scheduled to happen next week prompted by the virus outbreak.

European football’s governing body has sought together its 55 member associations to discuss options for completing the Champions League, the Europa League.

The Covid-19 outbreak has had a huge impact on the sporting calendar across the globe, with Formula One’s Australian Grand Prix postponed.

Meanwhile a Real Madrid statement said, “Real Madrid reports that a player from our first basketball team has tested positive after testing for the Covid-19 coronavirus.

“Since then, the recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Madrid.

“Likewise, it has been decided to close the facilities of our sports city and it is also recommended that all Real Madrid personnel who provide their services in Real Madrid City remain in quarantine,” it added.

The Football Association of Ireland has announced all football activity has been suspended until March 29.

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