A major meeting is set take place on Monday between the Premier League, broadcasters and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport regarding coronavirus.
With the rising spread in the UK, matches in the Premier League could be forced to be played behind closed doors in a bid to curb the spread of the virus – with similar sanctions already in place in Italy’s Serie A.
The expectation is that action could be taken, with Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce already saying he feels it is ‘inevitable’ that matches between now and the end of the season will be played behind closed doors.
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He is not the only Premier League manager to have spoken about coronavirus and we have gathered everything that has been said by top-flight bosses.
Arsenal – Mikel Arteta
“[We are] not anxious. Obviously, we read the information, it’s all the time in the media.
“Our families are concerned. We have a lot of foreign players with foreign families in different countries so it’s something that is on a daily basis.
“The club and the authorities are in contact every day. We are following all the instructions from the club doctor. So far, the protocols we have been doing are enough but obviously don’t know to what stage it is going to develop.
Mikel Arteta speaks in a pre-match press conference
(Image: Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
“We’ve seen in other countries the difficult decisions they have to make around it to protect the situation, so we have to wait and see and be guided by them.”
Aston Villa – Dean Smith
“They [the players] will be jumping on each other and hopefully jumping on me in the last minute as well.
“Listen, they’ve stopped the fair play hand shake before the game. It’s probably about time they stopped that. It’s at the end of the game when you show your…