English Premier League matches are set to be played without fans as authorities implement measures to curb the fast-spreading coronavirus.
English newspaper The Times reported that the plan to bar spectators from all football matches in England could be activated as early as Thursday. The paper added that a meeting of the government health and security communities was scheduled for Thursday morning.
The Times have listed a series of bullet points on Thursday’s back page and they are as follows:
- ‘The current season will not be postponed and instead, matches in the Premier League and lower divisions will be moved behind closed doors’
- ‘All Premier League season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games will be able to stream coverage of matches into their homes’
- ‘No games will be shown in pubs so as to avoid congregation of people’
- ‘Premier League games will not be shown live in the 3 pm slot on Saturday afternoons’
- ‘Broadcasters will be permitted to screen more than one Premier League game during both the lunchtime and tea-time television slots on Saturday, and the scheduled slots on Sundays and Mondays’
- ‘Season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games at Football League clubs will be allowed to watch matches on iFollow streams’
England will not be alone in implementing such drastic measures to curb the highly contagious virus that has infected almost 120,000 people and killed at least 4,000 globally. At the time of writing it stands at 460 in the UK. Eight people have died so far.
Spain and France have announced that football matches will be played without fans while Italy has suspended all sporting activities altogether.