Coronavirus in sport: All the events cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, including Premier League, EFL, Grand National and boxing

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the worldwide sporting calendar.

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 at least the beginning of April.

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, while horse racing’s flagship race, the Grand National, and the London Marathon have been scrapped.

Here’s how all sports have been impacted…


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

– The Scottish Professional Football League postponed all games ‘pending any Government order and/or further direction from the Scottish FA’.

– The Football Association announced it was “advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future”.

– The Football Association of Ireland has suspended its leagues until March 29.

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

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

– UEFA has announced all remaining last 16 Champions League and Europa League fixtures are postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions.

– UEFA has called an emergency meeting for 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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– An unnamed Everton player undertook a period of self-isolation after reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus while three Leicester players showed symptoms and were kept away from the rest of the squad.

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

– Juventus defender Daniele Rugani tested positive, as did Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, on loan from Wolves, and team-mate German Pezzella and club physio Stefano Danielli.

– Ezequiel Garay became the first LaLiga player to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus, with Valencia later confirming five positive tests among players and staff.

– Real Madrid players were told to go into quarantine after a member of the club’s basketball team tested positive. LaLiga suspended “at least the next two rounds of matches” as a result of the quarantine in place at Real.

– Barcelona suspended all first-team activity after taking advice from their medical staff.

– All domestic sporting action in Italy – including Serie A matches – was suspended until April 3.

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.


– The German Football League suspended games in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga until at least April 3, with a review to be undertaken on March 30.

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

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

– The Professional Footballers’ Association annual awards ceremony, due to take place on April 26, has been postponed.

– The Vanarama National League suspended all fixtures until at least April 3 on March 16.

Rugby Union

– The Gallagher Premiership was suspended for five weeks on Monday.

– The Guinness PRO14 was suspended indefinitely.

– Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup final between Sale and Harlequins was originally given the go-ahead on Friday, only to be postponed following an individual on staff developing symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

– The Super Rugby season was suspended after the decision of the New Zealand government to quarantine people entering the country for 14 days.

– Rugby Australia closed its Sydney headquarters for an “intensive clean” after two members of its Australian Sevens program showed signs and symptoms associated with coronavirus.

– South Africa Rugby suspended all competitive matches until April 25 at the earliest and calls off all national team training camps and business travel.

– The Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals were postponed.


– 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.

– Africa’s Sunshine Tour has suspended all activities and will review the situation on April 20 “or as the situation demands”.

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.

– Australia have pulled out of their tour of New Zealand with immediate effect.

– 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.

– The April ODI and Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh has been postponed

– Cricket South Africa has cancelled all forms of cricket for the next 60 days.
– Ireland’s limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe next month was postponed.

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

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Formula 1

– The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was 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 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.

– Ferrari shut down production at its Formula 1 and road car factories.

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.