UEFA has postponed the Europa League ties between Sevilla and Roma in Spain and Inter Milan's against Getafe in Italy because of coronavirus.
A statement on the European football governing body noted: “The UEFA Europa League Round of 16 matches between Sevilla FC (Spain) – AS Roma (Italy) and FC Internazionale (Italy)- Getafe CF (Spain) will not take place as scheduled.
“As a result of the travelling restrictions between Spain and Italy imposed yesterday by the Spanish authorities, the following UEFA Europa League Round of 16 matches will not take place as scheduled tomorrow, 12 March 2020.
• Sevilla FC (Spain)-AS Roma (Italy)
• FC Internazionale (Italy)-Getafe CF (Spain)
“Further decisions on the two matches will be communicated in due course.”
Both last-16 first-leg games were due to be played behind closed doors on Thursday but the games were already in jeopardy after AS Roma had confirmed that they were not going to travel to Spain earlier on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Spanish government decided to refuse entry to planes from Italy but Uefa requested an exception on behalf of Roma.
On his part, Getafe president Angel Torres earlier said his club was refusing to travel to Italy for the game, even if it meant they were kicked out of the competition.