By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.

A group of major football bodies have suspended Premier League football matches in England until April 3rd due to the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19. In addition to the premier league, all other top level English fixtures have also been cancelled.

UEFA Champions League and Europa matches scheduled to be played next week have also been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes after two of next week’s four scheduled Champions League last 16, second legs — between Manchester City and Real Madrid, and between Juventus and Lyon — had already been called off on Thursday.

That followed Real’s announcement that their squad had been placed in quarantine after one of the club’s basketball players tested positive for the virus. Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has also tested positive for the virus.

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Two other matches scheduled for next Wednesday, between Barcelona and Napoli and between Bayern Munich and Chelsea, were initially due to go ahead behind closed doors.

 

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