The Times (£) claims that the Premier League is about to experience serious disruption due to the pandemic coronavirus outbreak.
The UK’s emergency status for the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to move from the ‘contain’ to the ‘delay’.
Premier League games will still be played — but behind closed doors.
For season ticket holders, it is suggested that they will be able to stream the games they’ve paid for, from their own homes.
Matches broadcast in pubs will be cancelled, in order to discourage unnecessary mass gatherings.
It was announced last night that Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus. The Italy international is the first player from the club to test positive for the virus.
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“The footballer Danielle Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently symptomatic,” Juventus said in a short statement.
“Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him.”
Moreover, all Italian sport has been suspended until 3 April due to COVID-19.
So far Premier League players have not been infected but the global crisis leaves it seemingly inevitable that the sport will have to do something about a virus the world doesn’t yet know how to handle.