There have been a couple of updates recently involving football both in Europe and England that may impact Newcastle and some of our internationals.
The first of which involves Leicester City. Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that a few players are showing symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. They are being isolated from the rest of the squad as a precaution.
Brendan Rodgers: "We've had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus). We’ve followed procedures and (as a precaution) they have been kept away from the squad." pic.twitter.com/KZDXeRgzhT
— Leicester City (@LCFC) March 12, 2020
This is significant due to the following statement the Chronicle has published which is attributed to the Premier League.
“The first team environment is especially crucial: an outbreak affecting the first team of just one club could make completing the season very difficult to achieve.”
There is also the following revelation from L’Equipe about this summer’s European Championships likely being postponed until 2021. There is a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday when the fate of the Euros, Champions League, and Europa League will be decided.
Breaking | UEFA are set to announce on Tuesday that EURO 2020 will be postponed to 2021 owing to COVID-19, according to L’Équipe. More follows.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 12, 2020
Also, today it was announced that Real Madrid’s squad have been sent home to self-quarantine after a member of the club’s basketball team tested positive for the virus. La Liga have subsequently announced that the league will suspend activities for two weeks.
La Liga suspended for at least the next two weeks. https://t.co/jmAF2DnuIU
— Get Spanish Football News (@GSpanishFN) March 12, 2020
The top two divisions in Portugal have also been indefinitely suspended. So they join Spain and Italy in halting games to try and contain the virus.
Portugal have suspended all games and training for the country's top two leagues, as of today and for an indefinite period.
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) March 12, 2020
Major League Soccer has also suspended their season for 30 days.
Major League Soccer Suspends Season for 30 Days pic.twitter.com/P0HEPmsnkx
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 12, 2020
It looks almost a certainty now that the Premier League will be affected in some capacity. It will likely start with games being played in empty stadiums, but we could also see the league postponed while we deal with this virus.
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