World Soccer Talk

How Covid-19 is affecting soccer and other sports

Concerns over the spread of coronavirus have continued to grow over the past few days and it is a trend that looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.

The number of people killed worldwide by the coronavirus is now more than 3,000, with every continent expect Antarctica affected by the outbreak.

With no specific treatment currently available, there are fears that many more people will die as a result of contracting coronavirus.

The spread of the virus is having a significant knock-on effect throughout society, causing significant disruption to many aspects of daily life.

Juventus instigate coronavirus lockdown

Juventus have put their entire Under-23 squad into quarantine after some players and officials from their most recent opponents, Pianese, tested positive for coronavirus.

The club instructed their players to remain at home until March 8, although none of them have shown any symptoms to date.

The game between Juventus and Inter Milan was one of five Serie A fixtures postponed over the weekend and more are expected to be cancelled over the coming days.

Fans have been forced to cancel their travel plans, with many relisting their match tickets on SeatPick, the ticket search engine, as well as other ticket resale sites, as they will be unable to attend the rearranged fixture.

Inter Milan’s Europa League tie against Ludogorets was played behind closed doors and the club joined AC Milan in telling all office staff at the San Siro Stadium to work from home.

Six Nations in a state of flux

England’s hopes winning the Six Nations are still alive after the tournament’s organisers confirmed that they wouldn’t be postponing any further matches due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ireland’s fixture against Italy has been cancelled, although all other games are set to be staged as per the original schedule.

Six Nations’ bosses have stressed that they will follow government directives as the situation unfolds, but they remain confident the competition will be completed.

A new date for the Ireland versus Italy game has not been set, although some pundits have suggested October is a possibility.

Postponements would potentially cost rugby authorities millions of pounds in revenue, potentially threatening the future sustainability of the sport.

Minor sports face uncertainty

In addition to impacting top level sport, the coronavirus is creating huge problems in many other popular sports.

For instance, sports such as ice hockey are having to give huge consideration to whether they will continue playing.

The National Hockey League has said it has no plans to postpone matches at the moment, but other competitions are coming under increasing pressure to take action.

In the UK, the Elite League has confirmed it will continue to play despite many other leagues in Europe edging towards cancelling their seasons.

With big events planned over the coming weeks, it is clear that UK ice hockey has some major decisions to make in the near future.

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