RSPL suspends games after Jamaica confirms second case of coronavirus
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 13, 2020,
Mar 13, 2020, 0:32
As a Newcastle fan, what would your choice be/have been in how football deals with the Coronavirus - games behind closed doors without fans to try and see out the season as much on schedule as possible, or postpone all matches until a time in the future when supporters could be allowed in?
In spite of significant action being taken by both LaLiga Santander and Serie A to postpone their domestic seasons in order to help the fight against coronavirus, the Premier League will continue, despite the World Health Organisation labelling the disease a pandemic.
Broadcasters are believed to be permitted to screen more than one top flight game during the lunchtime and tea-time slots - and this would apply across the weekend and on Mondays.
One such development that could occur is pubs would be prohibited from broadcasting matches to avoid crowds gathering there.
The Premier League's broadcasting contracts mean it would face a huge penalty if the season was terminated, hence the reluctance to follow the lead of the National Basketball Association and suspend the current campaign.
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The decision to suspend matches was also in keeping with Wednesday night's announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to impose a two-week ban on some public gatherings.
Juventus yesterday said their defender Daniele Rugani had tested positive for coronavirus, casting doubt on the Italian side's Champions League last-16 return leg against Olympique Lyonnais next week.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed a number of precautions that Arsenal and West Ham, who played the Gunners just days later, have undertaken to protect their employees.
A host of European fixtures, involving Chelsea and Manchester United, will also be played behind closed doors.