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Premier League, Champions League suspended

Published: March 13, 2020 17:45:27 | Updated: March 17, 2020 18:49:44

Premier League, Champions League suspended

All elite football in England has been suspended until at least April 3 as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

All Premier League games, EFL fixtures and matches in the FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship have been postponed.

The Premier League said action would resume on April 4 "subject to medical advice and conditions at the time".

The Football Association said England's games against Italy on March 27 and Denmark four days later are off, according to BBC.

The EFL, which hopes to resume play a day earlier, said clubs were also advised to suspend "non-essential activities" such as "player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings".

The suspension comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements worldwide.

Meanwhile, all UEFA competitions including Champions League and Europa League matches due to be played next week, have also been postponed.

The draws for the next rounds, set for March 20, have also been postponed.

In the Champions League, Manchester City v Real Madrid, Juventus v Lyon, Barcelona v Napoli and Bayern Munich v Chelsea are all postponed.

Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers' matches in the Europa League are off.

All UEFA Youth League quarter-final matches scheduled for March 17 and 18 are also off.

UEFA said further decisions on the scheduling of the postponed fixtures "will be communicated in due course".

European football's governing body has invited representatives from all 55 of its member associations to a meeting on Tuesday in order to discuss a response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The scheduling of Euro 2020 will be discussed at the gathering.

More than 125,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in 118 countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization. The total number of deaths is more than 4,600.

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