UEFA calls for coronavirus meeting amid Champions League suspension fears

UEFA will hold a video meeting next week to discuss European’s football response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Plenty of leagues throughout Europe have already been suspended or are being played behind closed doors.

The Champions League continued this week with plenty of Europa League matches taking place on Thursday.

But, with plenty of matches still scheduled for the season, there are doubts over what to do.

And UEFA have announced that they will speak with their members next week to decide what the next move is.

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A UEFA statement read: “In the light of the ongoing developments in the spread of Covid-19 across Europe and the changing analysis of the World Health Organisation, UEFA has today 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 attend meetings by videoconference on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.

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“Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA EURO 2020.

“Further communication will be made following those meetings.”

Real Madrid’s Champions League second leg with Manchester City is set to be postponed regardless.

Real Madrid players are in quarantine after a member of the club’s basketball team tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement from the club read: ”A player from our basketball first team has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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"The recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball and football first teams, given the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid."

Juventus ace Daniele Rugani has also tested positive for coronavirus, though tweeted: "You've read the news, so I want to reassure everyone who's worried about me, I'm fine.

"I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinction! Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us."

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