Sports broadcasters and governing bodies are set for a major meeting on Monday to discuss the possibility of football matches being played behind closed doors.
The spread of coronavirus has hit the world of sport heavily, with the F1 Grand Prix in China being postponed and matches in Italy’s Serie A being played behind closed doors.
There has also been talk about matches in the Premier League and across the EFL being played behind closed doors if the situation worsens, while Tokyo has suggested the summer Olympics could be delayed.
Now, the BBC reports that sports broadcasters and governing bodies are set to meet senior officials from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to discuss the possibility of staging events behind closed doors.
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If the coronavirus spread worsens, mass gatherings could be banned to prevent the spread of the virus and the government has previously stated that they are not ruling anything out at this stage.
On Friday, the number of coronavirus cases in the UK jumped to 163, with a rise of 48 representing the biggest jump in a single day since the virus first emerged on UK shores.
Thursday saw the first UK death from coronavirus, while a British man also died in Japan last month after being infected on a cruise ship and an investigation is underway on another potential death linked with the disease.
Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 100,000 and there has been over 3,400 deaths recorded since the virus first emerged in China last year.
Chelsea are the latest London side to have issued a statement about the fears over the virus ahead of the weekend’s clash against Everton at Stamford Bridge.