Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Sevilla v Roma and Inter v Getafe Europa League games postponed over Coronavirus fears

Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Europa League ties between Sevilla and Roma in Spain and Inter Milan's against Getafe in Italy have been postponed because of coronavirus.

Both last-16 first-leg games were due to be played behind closed doors on Thursday but have been called off after Spanish authorities imposed travel restrictions between Spain and Italy.

Uefa said it will communicate further decisions on both games in due course.

Roma had already said they would not be travelling to Seville.

Getafe president Angel Torres earlier said his club were refusing to travel to Italy for the game, even if it meant they were kicked out of the competition.

The Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad was postponed on Wednesday following a meeting between both clubs at the Spanish football federation (RFEF).

The match was set to take place at Sevilla's La Cartuja stadium on 18 April.

On Tuesday, Italian side Atalanta's Champions League game at Valencia on Wednesday went ahead as planned.

Italy has the most cases outside China with more than 10,000 and the entire country has been placed in lockdown.

Some 60 million Italians have been told to stay at home in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The region of Lombardy, where Milan is located, is at the epicentre of Europe's worse coronavirus outbreak.

Serie A, along with all sport in Italy, is currently suspended until 3 April, but this does not include Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions. In Spain, La Liga games are to be played without fans present until 15 April.

On Tuesday, the Spanish government decided to refuse entry to planes from Italy but Uefa requested an exception on behalf of Roma.

That request was denied by the Spanish government on Wednesday.

The Spanish (AFE) and Italian (AIC) players' unions have asked Uefa that games between Italian and Spanish teams be suspended.

The AFE has also called for the suspension of all matches in Spain instead of having them played behind closed doors.

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