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UEFA Champions League and Europa League 2019-20 season postponed – All you need to know about the league’s measures to face COVID-19

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Coronavirus continues to take its toll on football, with several competitions coming to a halt due the vastly-spreading pandemic. The likes of La Liga, Serie A, and the Portuguese top-flight have suspended all matches in an attempt to battle the spread of this virus and UEFA are the latest to take action.

The World Health Organization recently declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, with the number of infected growing at alarming rate. No one is immune to this virus, with several figures in the beautiful game contracting the disease such as Juventus’ Rugani, Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi, and Arsenal’s Arteta. As a result, UEFA have decided to take action to protect the safety of the players, the fans, and the general public by postponing all scheduled matches for March 17, 18, and 19.

This includes matches from the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Youth League. Furthermore, the Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws initially scheduled for March 20 have now been postponed.

FAQ – How is the UEFA Champions League and Europa League dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic
When will the UEFA Champions League and Europa League return to action?

As of now, it remains unknown when the UEFA Champions League and Europa League will return to action. In the statement released by UEFA, they said “further decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course”. European football’s governing body has given priority to the domestic leagues in order to wrap up their season. Rumor has it that these two European competitions are aiming to conclude in late August but nothing is confirmed as of now.

Will any games be played behind closed doors?

No. Initially, several games were announced to take place behind closed doors but not all. Liverpool vs Atletico, PSG vs Dortmund, LASK vs Man United, and Olympiakos vs Wolves were played in empty stadiums but the likes of Liverpool vs Atletico and RB Leipzig vs Tottenham saw fans pack the stands.

However, given that the virus has found its way to some players, such as Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi and Juventus’ Rugani, the upcoming games have now been suspended until further notice.

Who will win the league if the 2019-20 the UEFA Champions League and Europa League seasons are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic?

This remains unclear. Unlike the domestic top-flights, where it has been suggested that the league could crown the champions based on the current standings should they be unable to complete the season, this is not possible for the Champions League and Europa League.

This is a knockout competition and only Atletico, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, and PSG have confirmed their spots in the quarter-finals. None of the last-eight have been decided for the Europa League.

What are some of the top games not being played in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League after this decision was made?

Juventus vs Lyon on March 17, 2020 (UCL round of 16 2nd leg tie)

Man City vs Real Madrid on March 17, 2020 (UCL round of 16 2nd leg tie)

Barcelona vs Napoli on March 18, 2020 (UCL round of 16 2nd leg tie)

Bayern Munich vs Chelsea on March 18, 2020 (UCL round of 16 2nd leg tie)

Roma vs Sevilla on March 19, 2020 (the 1st leg of this UEL round of 16 clash did not even take place)

Getafe vs Inter Milan on March 19, 2020 (the 1st leg of this UEL round of 16 clash did not even take place)

Man United vs LASK on March 19, 2020 (UEL round of 16 2nd leg tie)

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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