The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) have suspended all Champions League and Europa League matches billed for next week over the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement by UEFA on Friday, it said the decision which also involves matches in the UEFA Youth League, was taken as governments in the continent took similar action.
The postponement was sequel to a meeting of the representatives of the 55-member organisation, the board of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and FIFPro.
UEFA explained that the suspension “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.”
According to UEFA, the new dates for the affected games will be announced in due course just as they said, “the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.”