Premier League and coronavirus: Meeting planned for Monday, games played behind closed doors

The Coronavirus has been one of the main topics of news since it first emerged in China last year.

The virus has not been contained and now tens of thousands of people around the world have contracted coronavirus, while the number of deaths globally has risen above 3,000.

In Italy, Serie A matches have been suspended due to the spread of the virus and action has also been taken in France to ban events held indoors that have more than 1,000 in attendance.

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That has led to questions as to whether similar action will be taken in the UK, which could of course affect the calendar in the Premier League, EFL and continental competitions.

Here’s the latest news on the situation.

FA in Amsterdam for talks

FA officials are flying out to Amsterdam for emergency talks with UEFA due to the spread of coronavirus, The Sun reports.

Ahead of European football’s annual congress, Wembley chiefs will meet with UEFA’s high command to hear the latest advice, with football on the continent and at home likely to be impacted.

Former Manchester United chief David Gill will attend today’s meeting of Uefa’s executive committee on behalf of the FA, when President Aleksander Ceferin will come under pressure to detail the next moves.

So far the FA position is that all scheduled games, including the Italy friendly will go ahead, unless the government steps in to demand postponements.

Premier League managers’ comments

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been speaking about coronavirus and claims it could potentially cost the Reds the title.

However, Klopp is not believing those reports.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce revealed ahead of the clash with Burnley that the club have banned shaking hands to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

All the clubs in the division are following the latest guidelines from the government and the NHS, which they will…