Coronavirus forces Premier League to suspend Season
The move comes after the government announced plans to step up their efforts to contain the deadly COVID-19 pandemic following a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive for coronavirus.
Manchester City’s scheduled clash with Arsenal on Wednesday became the first Premier League match to be called off because of coronavirus.
Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis was confirmed to be suffering from the virus , and after he attended the Greek club’s Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium on February 27 it was decided that the Gunners should place players who met him into self-isolation.
La Liga announced that they were suspending matches for the next two weeks on Thursday, while the Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for the virus as Serie A have suspended their league season indefinitely.
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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers urged the Premier League to suspend the season after three Foxes players tested positive for coronavirus.
”There is absolutely no doubt, from a logical perspective,” he said. “There’s the public health and ethical side as well.
“Players could be going into games and they could be unclear if opposition players are infected. You think of how it all connects with the throw-ins.
“Ultimately there should be no risks taken in the public’s health which is key.”