Coronavirus: Premier League to Finish Season Behind Closed Doors, Bundesliga & Euro 2020 Updates

All English football matches, including those in the Premier League, are expected to be played behind closed doors for the rest of the season as part of government plans to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Fixtures across Europe's domestic leagues and in UEFA competitions have been played without fans in recent days, in an attempt to keep both fans and players safe. Meanwhile, in Italy - Europe's worst affected country - ​Serie A has been postponed, with talks over deciding the season ​via playoff system

According to reports, including from ​The Times, the ​Premier League will not go as far as to postpone the league season but will instead ​play all matches behind closed doors for the remainder of the campaign.

What Will Happen if the Premier League Goes Behind Closed Doors?

A meeting is expected to take place on Thursday which will see government officials move into the 'delay' phase of their response to the outbreak, which will see all English football affected by the ruling.

All matches in the ​Premier League and lower leagues will be played behind closed doors, but holders of normal tickets or season tickets will be given access to a live stream to watch at home.

Pubs in the UK will be banned from showing any matches whatsoever to avoid large gatherings of people, and there will still be no broadcasts of the 3pm kick-offs on Saturdays.

However, for games which will be held on Sunday, Monday or other times on Saturday, broadcasters will be able to show more than one Premier League game at a time, allowing fans to keep up to date.

German Officials Meeting to Discuss Bundesliga Postponement 

Mark Uth, Nico Elvedi

It's not just the Premier League which could be set for drastic changes. According to Bild (via ​AS), ​government officials in Germany will meet to discuss potentially postponing the rest of the ​Bundesliga season.

Hannover defender Timo Hübers has been diagnosed with the virus, and there are fears that up to 70% of Germans could contract coronavirus in the coming months.

As a result, an emergency meeting will be held in the coming days to discuss what to do. At the minute, games are being played behind closed doors, and the possibility of postponing the entire season has not been ruled out.

Could Euro 2020 Be Cancelled?

UEFA EURO 2020 - "100 days to go"

Euro 2020 has obviously been the subject of much debate recently, given it will see fans from across Europe all come together for an entire month. Given the current situation, that's probably not the best idea.

UEFA insist they have not been asked to postpone the tournament, but ANSA (via ​Football Italia)​ claim that there will be a meeting on Thursday between UEFA secretary Giorgio Marchetti and representatives of Europe's top fives leagues.

The Premier League are expected to try and keep the tournament going, but the four other leagues are all believed to be keen on postponing the entire tournament by a few weeks or potentially an entire year.

Safety reasons are obviously a major concern, but leagues also want to use the summer to play out the remainder of their domestic seasons, with several competitions already being postponed.

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Source : 90min