The announcement from UEFA comes before Arsenal’s Arteta coach was confirmed positive for the corona virus.
Shortly thereafter, the series of second leg of the Champions League round of 16 took place at dawn on March 18 between Man City against Real Madrid and Juventus against Lyon was officially delayed because of the spread of Covid- 19. Earlier, two Europa League matches between Inter and Getafe, AS Roma and Sevilla were also delayed.
The British Prime Minister confirmed that football activities in the foggy country could be delayed indefinitely after the news that Arteta was infected with the corona virus. The organizers of the Premier League will have urgent meetings to come up with the best solution. At this time, only the match between Arsenal and Brighton in the 30th Premier League has been officially delayed.
The Organizing Committee of Serie A previously announced the postponement of the tournament until April 3. Gazetta reported that the number one tournament in pasta country could be delayed longer if the situation does not improve.
On the afternoon of 12/3, La Liga announced to postpone the tournament at least 2 rounds to wait for the situation. The decision was made after Real Madrid announced that all of its football players had to be quarantined. The reason is that a Real Madrid basketball player is positive for Covid-19. Real football and basketball teams share the same training ground.
By the evening of the same day, the Dutch government also announced that it would stop all football activities of the country until further notice. Marca reported that the Bundesliga even considered the possibility of ending the season early if things didn’t improve.
All football activities in the Netherlands have been banned
Guardian commented with the current situation, it is likely that UEFA will offer a solution to postpone the Champions League and Europa League, move EURO 2020 to 2021. This will help the league in England, Italy or many other countries in Europe. Europe could end the season in the summer.
This is the best solution for the parties. If EURO 2020 is started as expected, there will be no time for the Football Association members to make up the compensation schedule when the club season is delayed.