Paris – AFP
The recent outbreak of the Corona virus and the strict procedures followed by several countries around the world forced itself to go to the final price of the European League competition in Europe, with two matches between Spanish and Italian clubs, Seville and its guest Roma, and Inter and his guest Getafe.
The European Union announced the game (WIFA) yesterday afternoon Wednesday, the postponement of the two matches without setting a new date for them, in a step that came after Rome revealed the Spanish authorities’ refusal to prevent his plane from landing, and Getafe refused to travel to Milan in northern Italy, the country most affected by the virus on the continent. The old man.
In a statement, Weva said only: “As a result of the travel restrictions between Spain and Italy imposed by the Spanish authorities, the two games will not take place as scheduled today.”
He explained that “additional decisions regarding them will be announced in due course.”
This came after the Italian capital team announced via its Twitter account, that it “will not go to Spain to play the European League match against Seville. Our plane from Italy did not have permission to land in Spain. ”
Seville, the record holder in the number of titles in the competition (5 times), announced Monday that its match and Rome will be played without an audience, knowing that the return match in Rome will be held with closed doors also due to the outbreak of the “Covid-19” virus, which negatively affected various sports events. Around the world, by canceling or delaying some, or preventing fans from attending others.
Refusing to travel to Milan
The fate of the second match between Inter and Getafe also appeared to be suspended after the latter’s president refused to travel to Italy, expressing his willingness to bear the consequences.
“We have asked the European Football Association (UEFA) to search for an alternative city for Milan,” President Angel Torres said yesterday on local Onda Cerro radio. We don’t want to enter the Corona Virus Center, we don’t have to. ”
“If we have to lose this match, we will lose it … We will not endanger our health in any way.”
After many matches were imposed locally without an audience, the effect of the virus began to expand to continental football competitions in Europe, as well as to other sporting events around the world.
The match between Austrian Lask Lintz and Manchester United, the last of the meetings announced with closed doors.
United confirmed the day before yesterday that the decision was made “at the direction of the Austrian government” after 182 cases of HIV infection were recorded in the country until Tuesday.
The decision disappointed supporters of Lask, who wanted to continue their surprises in the competition against United. The host starred recently, led by his French coach, Bayern Munich defender and former English Crystal Palace, Valerian Ismail, and leads the league by six points against Salzburg after 22 stages, and is close to the second title in its history after the first in 1965.
But the task will not be easy for United, who will enter the match with high spirits after his precious victory over his rivals Manchester City 2-0 on Sunday in the league, and he was the tenth in a row without losing in various competitions, including eight games with a net.
Olympiacos owner injured
Meanwhile, “WIFA” confirmed on Monday that the match between Greece and Olympiacos and its Englishman Wolverhampton without a crowd was held, on the eve of the announcement of the first owner Vangelis Marinakis to be infected with the virus.
Marinakis, 52, owner of Nottingham Forest, also said he was taking “all necessary measures” and “feels healthy.”
“We share the disappointment with all of our supporters who will be affected by this decision,” Wolverhampton commented.
Olympiacos tops the league and hopes to topple a second English football representative after Arsenal eliminated from the second round, knowing that he faced Tottenham in the group stage of the Champions League, so he drew 2-2 in Athens and lost 2-4 in London.
The German Wolfsburg match and its Ukrainian guest Shakhtar Danitsk will also take place without an audience, while fellow Eintracht Frankfurt announced that his confrontation with the Swiss Basel will be open to the fans.
However, doubts surround the return match between the two teams, after Basel announced Monday in a tweet on Twitter that it “will not be played in Basel due to the outbreak of the Corona virus in Switzerland”, after the local police decided to prevent its stay in the city, without the club specifying an alternative place for it.
“Weifa” told AFP that he “is studying all possible scenarios.”
Fans are expected to fill the stands of the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, where the Scottish Rangers meet with Bayer Leverkusen, Germany, in a difficult task for the owners of the land who will seek to stop the series of nine games without losing their guests.
The English coach Steven Gerrard’s team is suffering recently, as it is 13 points behind its arch-rivals Celtic, who are also out of Hearts from the final price of the cup competition.
Gerrard described the Leverkusen clash after the draw as “one of the toughest games we can play,” noting that he will be deprived of the services of his fellow veteran striker Germain Defoe due to a calf injury.
Leverkusen announced on Tuesday that the return match “will be held behind closed doors” after health officials in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia called for the cancellation of all events that bring together more than 1,000 people.
The match will be held by the Turkish club Basaksehir and its host, FC Copenhagen, in the presence of a public.
The return matches are scheduled for next Thursday.