Coronavirus causes widespread league suspension

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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

The global outbreak of the coronavirus has virtually brought the European game to a standstill.

All the major leagues have been subject to suspension as well as the Champions League and Europa League.

UEFA meeting on Tuesday

The governing body of European football UEFA will meet on Tuesday via video conference to discuss what will happen with the Champions League and Europa League, with both competitions in the latter stages.

The other big issue is Euro 2020. The 24-team international tournament is due to take place this summer. The most talked-about suggestion is that the competition takes place next year to allow domestic competitions throughout Europe to conclude.

The fact that there are still play-off games to be played is an extra complication for UEFA, who are already facing some tough decisions about action on the continent.

Leagues may not finish

Some in and out of the beautiful game suggest that the domestic leagues may not just be suspended, but cancelled completely. How that would be handled is yet unknown, with titles, European spots and relegation for next year yet to be decided in any of the major leagues.

There is a suggestion that Premier League leaders Liverpool could be denied their first title win in 30 years if the rest of the league campaign is cancelled. However, there is also a suggestion that the remaining games could be played behind closed doors.

The Premier League have set a date of 4th April for the league to resume. However, many believe that the date is highly optimistic and that it could be much longer until the English top-flight returns.

Health is the main priority

As much as we all love football and want it to return, the main priority for everybody involved in the game is people’s health and well-being. The beautiful game will return in good time. When it does, hopefully, it will not have left any long-reaching consequences.

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