Coronavirus in sport: All the events cancelled due to outbreak, including Premier League, EFL, golf’s Masters, boxing and England cricket tour

The sporting calendar has been heavily impacted by the global coronavirus outbreak.

The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have all called a halt to the action until the start of April at least.

It will be quite a while before we see football in England and Europe return

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Meanwhile, England’s cricket team have cut short their tour of Sri Lanka, while the year’s first golf major, the Masters, has been postponed, following the cancellation of the Players Championship event in Florida this week.

Here’s the latest on what has been cancelled in the world of sport…


The Premier League has been suspended until April 4 and the EFL until April 3 at the earliest.

All Scottish football has been suspended with immediate effect and the Irish Football Association has suspended the current season in Northern Ireland until at least April 4.

– The Football Association of Ireland announced all football activity under its jurisdiction has been suspended until March 29.

– England’s two friendlies later this month at Wembley, the Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have also been postponed by the FA.

– Wales’ international matches with Austria and the United States at the end of March are also both called off.

– UEFA has announced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled for next week are postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions.

– UEFA has called an emergency meeting next Tuesday to discuss whether Euro 2020 can go ahead as scheduled.

– Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have tested positive for coronavirus.

Arsenal boss Arteta is in self-isolation having been diagnosed with the disease

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– West Ham have announced several members of club personnel are self-isolating after being in close contact with Arteta at Saturday’s match with Arsenal.

– An unnamed Everton player is a undertaking a period of self-isolation after he reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

– Bournemouth have announced five of their employees, including goalkeeper Artur Boruc, are self-isolating having displayed symptoms consistent with the virus.

– Juventus defender Daniele Rugani also tested positive on Wednesday night, while three Leicester players have shown symptoms and were kept away from the rest of the Foxes’ squad.

– Major League Soccer announced the suspension of matches for 30 days with immediate effect.

– Real Madrid players have been told to go into quarantine after a member of the club’s basketball team tested positive for coronavirus. LaLiga announced it has suspended ‘at least the next two rounds of matches’ as a result of the quarantine in place at Real.

– All domestic sporting action in Italy – including Serie A matches – has been suspended until April 3. Thursday’s Europa League ties between Sevilla and Roma in Spain and Inter Milan and Getafe in Italy were called off due to travel restrictions between the two countries imposed by the Spanish authorities.

Cristiano Ronaldo is remaining in Portugal until given the all clear to return to Italy after a Juventus teammate tested positive for coronavirus

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– Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the top two divisions in France, are suspended until further notice.

– All matches in the German Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 have been suspended until April.

– The South American (CONMEBOL) World Cup qualifiers scheduled for March 23-31 have been postponed to a later date.

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– The Wales v Scotland game in the final round of the Guinness Six Nations has been postponed, following the cancellation of the France v Ireland and Italy v England games.

– The PRO 14 has been suspended indefinitely.


– The US Masters, the first men’s golfing major of the year, has been postponed. The blue riband event at Augusta National was due to take place from April 9-12. A new date is yet to be arranged.

– The Players Championship has also been cancelled along with all other PGA Tour events for the next three weeks.

– Five European Tour tournaments have been postponed. Next week’s Hero Indian Open and August’s Czech Masters have joined this week’s Kenya Open and April’s Maybank Championship and China Open in being called off.

– The Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International has been postponed with a view to it being rescheduled later in the year.

The Masters will not begin on April 9 as scheduled

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England’s upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka is postponed with the touring players returning home.

– The start of the Indian Premier League has been postponed from March 29 to April 15 as a precautionary measure.

– Surrey have cancelled their pre-season training camp at the ICC Academy in Dubai amid concern over the safety of their players.

– The final two one-day internationals between India and South Africa will be played behind closed doors, as will the three-match one-day international series between Australia and New Zealand, which gets under way on Friday.

Joe Root and co were due to be pklaying two tests in Sri Lanka

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Formula One

– The season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been called off along with the races in Bahrain and Vietnam, with the start of the season set to be pushed back to June

– McLaren had already withdrawn from the Australian race earlier on Thursday after a member of staff tested positive for the illness. It is understood the team member reported symptoms associated with the virus in the Albert Park paddock on Wednesday morning. Two personnel from American outfit Haas were tested and went in self-isolation.

Formula E

– Formula E has temporarily suspended the season.


– Nascar announced it would be holding its race events in Atlanta (March 15) and Miami (March 22) without fans in attendance.


– The opening four races of the MotoGP season in Qatar, Thailand, the United States and now Argentina were called off. The Qatar race was cancelled, while the other three have been moved to later in the season, which is now due to get under way in Spain on May 3.