With worries over the coronavirus finally beginning to take hold in the UK, government plans for sporting events are reportedly in motion.
Following the World Health Organization’s listing of the spread of the virus as officially a pandemic, the Times report that all football matches in England will be played behind closed doors.
That decision could come on Thursday, with a government Cobra committee meeting set to take place in the morning.
One aspect of the story is of particular interest to fans, with Premier League season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games apparently being given the opportunity to stream coverage of matches into their homes.
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No games will be allowed to be shown in pubs, so as to stop the congregation of people, while Premier League games will still not be shown live in the 3pm slot on Saturday afternoons.
While the decision will still allow the football season to finish on time – provided there is no worsening of the crisis that would seem all games postponed – the streaming decision is proving slightly unpopular.
Many match-going fans were disappointed with the report, given that they have paid for a seat in the ground rather than the ability to watch at home.
Many were also left wondering whether they would actually be getting their money back for the games they are unable to attend.
Preventative steps are being taken across the globe, with the suspension of all Serie A games until April 3, while overnight the NBA have announced that their season has been suspended.