Coronavirus sport news – live: Premier League holding crisis talks to cancel season after Arteta and Hudson-Odoi test positive

Follow live coverage where the Premier League has called an emergency meeting to discuss how the season should proceed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, with this weekend’s games currently scheduled to go ahead as planned, excluding Arsenal versus Brighton. The Independent has been told that several clubs will push for a suspension and that there is a minority of officials who will argue that the campaign should be voided.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the virus, the north London club have announced while Chelsea have shared a statement to say winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has also tested positive for the disease.

Elsewhere, Formula One have cancelled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. A member of McLaren’s team tested positive for Covid-19, leading the constructors to withdraw from this weekend’s planned race. F1 later announced the race would not go ahead. Follow the latest updates here:

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The Premier League had previously taken their lead from the government, which had been adamant that closing stadiums was reactionary, and not actually that beneficial.

That stance has been undercut by participating figures like Arteta and Hudson-Odoi actually contracting the virus, as it illustrates a host of other problems beyond the actual benefit of shutting down mass gatherings like football matches.​

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