The Premier League have confirmed that this weekend’s top flight matches will go ahead as planned.
Tottenham Hotspur will take to the field in North London on Sunday for the visit of Manchester United in front of a full stadium despite other countries having decided to take a different approach to the coronavirus pandemic.
LaLiga, Eredivisie, the Primeira Liga, MLS and the Turkish Super Lig have all been suspended – as well as several other major sports leagues in Europe and the US.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed following yesterday’s Government cobra meeting that sporting events could be banned as a result of the coronavirus at some point in the future partly due to concerns that they cause strain on public services (Mirror).
The outbreak has already caused problems for top flight clubs including Leicester City who have seen three of their players go into isolation away from the rest of the squad after showing symptoms (BBC)
The Premier League shared a statement with Sky Sports which read: “Following the latest update from Government issued this afternoon, all Premier League matches will go ahead as scheduled this weekend.
“While the Prime Minister advised that all sporting events should take place as normal for now, he also indicated that Government is considering banning major public events, like sporting fixtures.
“We are therefore continuing to work closely with our clubs, Government, The FA, EFL and other relevant stakeholders to ensure appropriate contingency plans are in place as and when circumstances change.
“The welfare of players, staff and supporters is of paramount importance and we will continue to follow Public Health England guidelines thoroughly. We will keep everyone updated as appropriate.”
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