Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Champions League and Europa OFF, Premier League to be suspended TODAY, Arteta tests postive – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS continues to spread across the globe, with hundreds of cases in the UK.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive for coronavirus, with the Premier League set to be axed today.

Follow all the latest news and information on how the outbreak is affecting sport…

  • ENGLAND'S TOUR KNOCKED FOR SIX

    England Cricket's tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed.

    A statement from the ECB read: “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic worsening globally, and after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, we have today made the decision to return our players to the U.K and postpone the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and England.

    “At this time, the physical and mental wellbeing of our players and support teams is paramount. We will now look to bring them home to their families as soon as possible.

    “These are completely unprecedented times, and decisions like this go beyond cricket.

    “We would like to thank our colleagues at Sri Lanka Cricket for their outstanding support and assistance throughout this situation.

    “We look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series​.”

  • CHERRIES KO

    Bournemouth have placed Artur Boruc and four members of staff under isolation after displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

    The South Coast club have confirmed the keeper and four other first-team employees are behind closed doors.

    A statement said: “AFC Bournemouth can confirm that five of its employees are currently self-isolating, having displayed symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

    “Goalkeeper Artur Boruc, along with four first team members of staff, are self-isolating in line with Government and Public Health guidelines.

    “This is a precautionary measure as, at this stage, none have tested positive for coronavirus.

    “The club continues to monitor the situation closely and to take suitable measures to ensure the wellbeing of its employees and supporters.”

  • FULL UEFA 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.”

  • EUROPEAN FOOTBALL OFF!

    Uefa have postponed next week's Champions League and Europa League fixtures as well as the draws for the next round.

  • CRISTIANO ALL CLEAR

    Cristiano Ronaldo has NOT contracted coronavirus, the president of Madeira confirmed.

    The Portuguese superstar, 35, is currently on his home island where he is quarantined.

    He has his family with him on the top two floors of a seven-storey house he purchased recently in Funchal.

    And he is now on course to stay at home for the foreseeable future with Italy continuing to struggle to contain the killer bug.

    Ronaldo's Juventus team-mate Daniele Rugani was the first Serie A to catch the virus.

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