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*{{flagicon|BEL}} [[Marouane Fellaini]] (midfielder, playing for [[Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C.|Shandong Luneng]])
 
*{{flagicon|BEL}} [[Marouane Fellaini]] (midfielder, playing for [[Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C.|Shandong Luneng]])
 
*{{flagicon|BRA}} [[Jonathas de Jesus]] (forward, playing for [[Elche CF|Elche]])
 
*{{flagicon|BRA}} [[Jonathas de Jesus]] (forward, playing for [[Elche CF|Elche]])
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*{{flagicon|BRA}} [[Wander Luiz]] (forward, playing for [[Persib Bandung]])
 
*{{flagicon|CHN}} [[Wu Lei]] (forward, playing for [[RCD Espanyol|Espanyol]])
 
*{{flagicon|CHN}} [[Wu Lei]] (forward, playing for [[RCD Espanyol|Espanyol]])
 
*{{flagicon|ENG}} [[James Bolton]] (defender, playing for [[Portsmouth F.C.|Portsmouth]])
 
*{{flagicon|ENG}} [[James Bolton]] (defender, playing for [[Portsmouth F.C.|Portsmouth]])
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*{{flagicon|KOR}} [[Suk Hyun-jun]] (striker, playing for [[Troyes AC|Troyes]])
 
*{{flagicon|KOR}} [[Suk Hyun-jun]] (striker, playing for [[Troyes AC|Troyes]])
 
*{{flagicon|ESP}} [[José Luis Gayà]] (defender, playing for [[Valencia CF|Valencia]])
 
*{{flagicon|ESP}} [[José Luis Gayà]] (defender, playing for [[Valencia CF|Valencia]])
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*{{flagicon|ESP}} [[Pepe Reina]] (goalkeeper, playing for [[Aston Villa F.C.|Aston Villa]])
 
*{{flagicon|SWE}} [[Albin Ekdal]] (midfielder, playing for [[U.C. Sampdoria|Sampdoria]])
 
*{{flagicon|SWE}} [[Albin Ekdal]] (midfielder, playing for [[U.C. Sampdoria|Sampdoria]])
 
*{{flagicon|URU}} [[Leandro Cabrera]] (defender, playing for [[RCD Espanyol|Espanyol]])
 
*{{flagicon|URU}} [[Leandro Cabrera]] (defender, playing for [[RCD Espanyol|Espanyol]])

Revision as of 04:11, April 6, 2020

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic, which was reported to begin from Wuhan, China. The pandemic soon began to spread to other countries with major outbreaks in East Asia, Europe and Middle East. This coronavirus pandemic has impacted greatly on sports industry, especially football. Football matches in different countries are either cancelled, postponed or played behind closed doors. Some footballers have also been reported to have Coronavirus disease.

Impact on competitions

In China, the 2020 Chinese Super League was postponed as a result of the virus. The AFC Champions League and AFC Cup was also impacted, a number of group stage matches being postponed.

On March 9, 2020, FIFA and AFC announced that 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches due to take place in March and June 2020 were postponed to later dates due to the pandemic. Play-off matches between South Korea and China in the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament were also postponed.

In Europe, various knockout matches in the Champions League and Europa League were played behind closed doors in February and March 2020. Two Europa League matches involving Spanish and Italian teams were also postponed indefinitely. On March 12, 2020, UEFA announced that the elite qualification round of the men and women's under-17 and under-19 youth international tournaments had been postponed.

Concerns were raised regarding UEFA Euro 2020, being held in twelve host cities across Europe, and the potential impact of the coronavirus on players, staff and tournament visitors. UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said the organisation was confident that the situation could be dealt with, while general secretary Theodore Theodoridis stated that UEFA was maintaining contact with the World Health Organization and national governments regarding the coronavirus. UEFA announced that a videoconference would be held on March 17 with representatives of its 55 member associations, along with a FIFPro representative and the boards of the European Club Association and European Leagues, to discuss the response to the outbreak for domestic and European competitions, including Euro 2020.

All matches are canceled

  • 2020 International Champions Cup (only matches with venues in Asia)
  • Four-team tournament in Qatar from 26-30 March involving Belgium, Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland
  • All international friendly matches (21 March – 1 April)

All matches are postponed

As of 25 March, almost every countries have suspended their domestic football leagues, except

Some matches are postponed

Matches are played behind closed-doors

Others

  • Premier League and English Football League have banned pre-match handshake between players (since 6 March)
    • The move was followed by UEFA, who's also banning players from handshaking before matches in any UEFA competitions.

Football-related people with coronavirus disease

Active footballers

Others

External links

See also

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