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Man City’s Champions League second leg against Real Madrid postponed amid coronavirus threat

Manchester City’s Champions League second leg match against Real Madrid on Tuesday has been postponed amid the increasing threat of coronavirus around the world.

The decision was made by both clubs in conjunction with UEFA following confirmation that players from Real Madrid will self-isolate for fifteen days.

It’s not clear when the match will go ahead
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This came after it emerged that a player from Real Madrid’s basketball team tested positive for COVID-19.

Real Madrid said in a statement: “The recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid.”

“Likewise, it has been decided to close the facilities of our sports city and it is also recommended that all Real Madrid personnel who provide their services in Real Madrid City remain in quarantine.

“The matches that were scheduled for today and tomorrow, corresponding to the Euroleague basketball and LaLiga soccer, will not be played.”

Meanwhile, City said in a statement: “The Club sends it best wishes to the players and staff at Real Madrid’s football and basketball teams.”

The Real Madrid players are under strict instructions to self-isolate
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Pep Guardiola’s side are currently ahead in the round-of-16 tie having beaten the 13-time winners 2-1 at the Bernabeu.

Juventus vs Lyon, the other tie due to be happening that evening, has also been postponed.

Coronavirus has put a number of sporting events on hold with Italian top flight Serie A being called off until April 3, while Spain’s LaLiga has been suspended for two weeks.

The Premier League is still scheduled to go ahead as planned this weekend, however, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that three of his players are showing coronavirus symptoms.

The Premier League is under threat following Leicester boss Rodgers’ announcement
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Rodgers did not reveal the identity of the players who are displaying the symptoms when confirming the news during a press conference.

Leicester are due to play Watford in the Premier League on Saturday at 12.45pm, with full commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT.

Rodgers said ahead of the game: “We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs. We’ve followed procedures and [as a precaution] they have been kept away from the squad.”

Asked if the match could be played behind closed doors, Rodgers replied: “Of course, from a football perspective, it would be a shame, but the public’s health is the most important aspect in all of this.

“Working in football, it’s all about having that agility to move with what’s happening in football. We’re guided by football and federations. We have to press on with our work and prepare as normal.

“The game is all about the players and the fans. If you have one of those not there, it’s obviously not the same.”


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