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UEFA postpones next week's Champions League and Europa League games

UEFA also cancels plans for Champions League and Europa League draws

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UEFA have confirmed they have postponed next week's Champions League and Europa League games.

Several sporting events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the Premier League and English Football League suspending all fixtures until April 3 at the earliest.

In golf, The Players Championship was cancelled on Thursday night and the opening Grand Prix of the new Formula 1 season, in Australia, will now not take place.

Wolves' Europa League match against Olympiakos took place behind closed doors in Athens this week and the second leg of Manchester City's Champions League tie against Real Madrid had already been postponed, but now all games due to be held next week in both competitions will be suspended.

In a statement, UEFA said: "In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed.

"This 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.

"Further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course.

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"As a consequence of the postponements, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws scheduled for 20 March have also been postponed.

"UEFA yesterday invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to a videoconference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football's response to the outbreak."

UEFA likely to postpone Euro 2020 until next summer

UEFA members will meet on Tuesday to discuss how best to proceed with domestic and European club competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic - with Euro 2020 likely to be postponed until next summer.

The meeting, which will be held via video conference, will see the 55 member associations discuss the issue and how it might affect Euro 2020, which is scheduled to begin on June 12.

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