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Every match in England to be held behind closed doors as part of coronavirus plan

Every match in England to be held behind closed doors as part of a coronavirus plan which could be implemented as early as Thursday.

According to a report by The Times, all football supporters will be banned from watching professional football matches in the United Kingdom with an expected announcement to be made in the next 24 hours.

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A meeting of the government’s Cobra committee this morning is expected to move its response to the coronavirus pandemic from “contain” to “delay”, meaning all football matches will have to be played in front of empty stadiums.

The Times article claims:

● The current season will not be postponed and instead matches in the Premier League and lower divisions will be moved behind closed doors;

● All Premier League season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games will be able to stream coverage of matches into their homes;

● No games will be shown in pubs so as to avoid congregation of people;

● Premier League games will not be shown live in the 3pm slot on Saturday afternoons;

● Broadcasters will be permitted to screen more than one Premier League game during both the lunchtime and tea-time television slots on Saturday, and the scheduled slots on Sundays and Mondays; and

● Season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games at Football League clubs will be allowed to watch matches on iFollow streams.

Every match in England is to be held behind closed doors as part of coronavirus plan which may be implemented once the number of UK coronavirus cases passes 500. On Wednesday night it stood at 460.

Up to eight Arsenal players and staff are self-isolating with after their side’s clash at Manchester City on Wednesday was postponed.

This comes after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, who tested positive, attended a Europa League game at the Emirates last month.

Arsenal are having a deep clean of the stadium and training ground, and anyone who was within two metres of Marinakis for more than 15 minutes, including anyone sitting near to him in the directors’ box, are being advised to self-isolate.

Juventus star Daniele Rugani is the latest highest-profile footballer to have tested positive for the virus, with the Serie A club confirming that those who have come into contact with the defender will also be checked.

Inter Milan have subsequently halted all sporting activities – with Rugani an unused substitute for that clash.

All sport in Italy has been cancelled until April 3 in an attempt to combat the virus.

A host of European fixtures, involving Chelsea and Manchester United, will also be played behind closed doors.


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