Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Euro 2020 POSTPONED, Champions League final moved, and Horse racing CANCELLED – The Sun


CORONAVIRUS has seen Euro 2020 CANCELLED and pushed back a year.

The tournament will now be hosted between June 11 and July 11 in 2021, while Japan remain defiant over the Olympics being held in full with spectators.

Meanwhile, there is no hope of the Grand National being staged, with the legendary Aintree horse race now confirmed as off.

Follow all the latest news and information on how the outbreak is affecting sport…

  • WE DON'T WANT YOU CEFERIN

    Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin has explained the thinking behind postponing Euro 2020.

    He said: “We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent. It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism.

    “The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, Uefa tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football.

    “There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognising that they had to sacrifice something in order to achieve the best result.

    “The health of fans, staff and players has to be our number one priority and in that spirit, Uefa tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football.”

  • COPA OFF

    The Copa America is the latest tournament to be pushed back with the South American Championship pushed back by a year to 2021.

    It was revealed earlier on Tuesday that Euro 2020 has been postponed by a year as authorities look to stop the spread of coronavirus.

    This summer's Copa America was scheduled to take place between June and July.

    But now the competition has been axed, there is now more time to finish the current season.

    Football in South America has already ceased to a standstill, with leagues suspended due to fears over the deadly bug.

    The Copa Libertadores was recently halted with players angry that games were still going ahead.

  • SOME UPDATES ON FOOTBALL SO FAR

    Here is what has come out of Uefa's meeting today.

    • Euro 2020: Will now be on June 11 to July 11, 2021
    • Champions League final moved to June 27
    • Europa League final moved to June 24
    • March's Euro 2020 play-offs moved to June 2020
    • World Cup 2022 qualifying will be played at a different date, if they clash with Euro 2021
    • Nations League finals in 2021 rescheduled
    • Women's Euro 2021 rescheduled

    KEEPY UPPY

    Willian has been sharing footage of himself doing keepy uppy on his rooftop terrace.

    The Brazilian, 31, is undecided on where he will play next season.

    And he has shared footage practising his skills on the top of his apartment building in London.

    MORE ON FINALS

    The Champions League and Europa League finals have been postponed by a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Both the European finals were set to take place at the end of May but Uefa confirmed they will be backdated a month.

    It comes after Euro 2020 was officially postponed by a year to allow football leagues to finish the remainder of the current season.

    Champions League and Europa League fixtures have all been called off indefinitely as the deadly COVID-19 bug sweeps the globe with over 7,000 deaths worldwide.

    Soon after, Europe's footballing leagues also postponed their campaigns with Italy, Spain and France all on lockdown.

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