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Coronavirus: Man Utd’s second leg against LASK postponed along with Europa League quarter-final draw

UEFA have confirmed all Europa League and Champions League matches scheduled next week are postponed due to the spread of COVID-19.

This includes Manchester United’s second leg tie against LASK at Old Trafford, after winning the first leg 5-0 in Austria last night, and as a consequence the quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.

Tuesday’s Champions League games between Man City and Real Madrid and Juventus and Lyon had already been postponed, but there won’t be a game played in the European competitions for the foreseeable future — until the coronavirus is under control at least.

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In a statement, UEFA said that the decision was made ‘in light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe’.

This was being rumoured yesterday before United took to the pitch versus LASK — but the Red Devils know that when the competition resumes they have a very healthy advantage going into the second leg.

We are also waiting on an announcement from the Premier League today, to see whether games will continue amid the coronavirus outbreak. They really shouldn’t and a number of players are already in quarantine with COVID-19 symptoms, not to forget Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Scary times and sporting events need to be cancelled immediately.

UEFA full statement

In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed.

This includes the remaining UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020; all UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 second leg matches scheduled on 19 March 2020; all UEFA Youth League, quarter-final matches scheduled on 17 and 18 March 2020.

Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.

As a consequence of the postponements, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.

UEFA yesterday invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to a videoconference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.

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