A suspension of the Premier League season "of some sort" due to the coronavirus outbreak is considered likely, a source has told the PA news agency. You can refer lớn the best free soccer prediction page!
It follows the news that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi have contracted the virus.
Three Leicester players are also being tested, while Everton announced on Thursday that the squad was in self-isolation after a player reported symptoms consistent with the virus.
The Premier League is meeting at 10.30 on Friday morning, with clubs set to be represented via soccer tip forum
The Gunners' trip lớn Brighton on Saturday was immediately postponed and further games appear certain to follow, while in golf, the US PGA on Thursday called off the Players Championship at Sawgrass after the first round, as well as its scheduled tournaments for the next three weeks.
The Premier League could follow the NBA in suspending its season, with US basketball officials clarifying on Thursday the league will be halted for at least 30 days.
Leicester (three) and Manchester City (one) also have players in self-isolation and the Premier League, who earlier on Thursday said games would go ahead as planned, said it would "convene an emergency club meeting regarding fixtures".
A number of high-profile sporting events around the world have already been cancelled due lớn the coronavirus pandemic with Sunday's Australian Grand Prix becoming a casualty on Thursday night.
The race, which was due to take place in Melbourne on Sunday, was called off after a member of the McLaren team tested positive.
McLaren had already decided lớn withdraw but, following a meeting of race organisers and team bosses, the race was cancelled.
A statement from the sport's governing body, the FIA, read: "Those discussions concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead. The FIA and Formula 1, with the full support of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation have therefore taken the decision that all Formula 1 activity for the Australian Grand Prix is cancelled."
A number of other high-profile sporting events around the world have also fallen victim.
However, widespread cancellations are not yet occurring in the UK.
On Thursday prime minister Boris Johnson said the country was now moving into the next stage of its planning lớn combat the pandemic - the delay phase. However, he said that does not yet include cancelling sports events.
"We are considering banning major public events like sporting fixtures," he said.
"The scientific advice is this has little effect on the spread - but it does place a burden on other public services."
Elsewhere it has been a different story with some Champions League games, ATP quần vợt events and most major American sport stopped.
UEFA will also give major consideration to delaying this summer's Euro 2020 tournament until next year. European football's governing body has called a meeting of its 55 member associations next week to discuss the matter.
Already next week's Manchester City v Real Madrid and Juventus v Lyon Champions League matches have been postponed. The entire Real squad is in self-isolation, while a Juventus player has tested positive.
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