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CAIRO - 13 March 2020: UEFA announced earlier today that all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches that were scheduled for next week are postponed due to the spread of COVID-19.
The Union of European Football Associations [UEFA] released a statement on their official website stating that such a decision was taken as a result of the spread of COVID-19 [Coronavirus] in Europe.
UEFA’s statement read as follows: “In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed.
This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020. Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.”
Additionally, UEFA clarified on their website that as a result of these decisions the draw for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-finals will be also postponed.
On a similar note, several countries such as Spain, Italy, France, and England decided to suspend their sports competitions due to COVID-19 being widespread among 132 countries and territories.
Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Wuhan, China on 1 December 2019 around 138,900 people were infected and 5,100 people died because of the disease.