The latest coronavirus updates in football
Thursday 2nd April
The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic will stop the "unhealthy" inflation of player wages and transfer fees in football, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wrote in an editorial published on Thursday.
Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-min will report to a marines boot camp later this month to fulfil military service duties, a report said Thursday.
'AS' state that the government are concerned about the rebound effect that opening stadiums can have in relation to the coronavirus.
'Le Parisien' presumes that the illegal meeting of fans outside the stadium to support the French side in the Champions League was the trigger for the increase of cases in the capital and in the country.
The Asian Football Confederation extended the deadline for preliminary bids for the 2027 Asian Cup on Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic caused major problems for football administrations.
Football has ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the immediate concern is the simple survival of many clubs because of the financial impact, but there is hope that the global game could ultimately emerge better from this crisis.
Wednesday 1st April
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and girlfriend Oriana have been ill with coronavirus, but both are on the mend after self-isolating.
Italian press reports a juicy offer from Barcelona for Lautaro Martinez. Seven million euros per season and a five-year contract to convince the Argentinian to leave Inter.
LaLiga has already sent a draft to the clubs, consisting of 19 pages and three important phases, in order to gradually return to the rhythm of competition. At the moment, there is no official date for the return and UEFA has set a deadline.
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has vowed to play for an extra two years at the end of his career to make up for the time lost due to the coronavirus.
Coincidences exist, but the likelihood of you having a traffic accident just when you're skipping quarantine and having your team find out are slim. Yet, this is what happened to Jerome Boateng. And, predictably, Bayern Munich fined him.
Blaise Matuidi will have to remain in isolation for a further 14 days, as his second tests for coronavirus have come out positive, meaning he can still pass on the infection to other people.
Bournemouth's Eddie Howe became the first Premier League manager to take a voluntary pay cut due to the coronavirus on Wednesday.
The ten players and members of Valencia's coaching staff who tested positive for the coronavirus in the past have all undergone a second test and have all tested negative, according to newspaper 'AS'. The club can therefore officially be declared free of coronavirus, but relapses or new cases remain possible.
UEFA have officially announced that all their competitions, involving clubs and countries in both men's and women's football, have been suspended until further notice. The news came after a video conference with all 55 European associations.
The FA and the Premier League issued a statement saying they have no answers to the question of when or how English football will return.
The Manchester City player Kevin de Bruyne spoke on social media about the decision he has taken after the lockdown which the coronavirus has caused: delay his retirement by a couple of years.
Tuesday 31st March
Norwich became on Tuesday the latest Premier League club to furlough non-playing staff in response to financial concerns caused by the coronavirus.
The Premier League is planning to return in May. But the players are a bit concerned. According to the 'Daily Mail', they would not be insured should their careers be affected by COVID-19 as it is not considered a "critical illness".
According to the Italian agency 'ANSA', Inter are now planning to reduce people's salaries due to the coronavirus crisis.
The coronavirus is forcing organisations to take measures. The UEFA European Under-21 Championships due to take place in summer 2021 will be put back to June 2022, according to 'Cadena SER'.
FIFA have got a plan to help clubs through the damaging financial consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Gianni Infantino's plan is to give the clubs up to five billion euros.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke and Scottish Football Association (SFA) chief executive Ian Maxwell have taken a 10 percent cut in salary due to the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In Turkey they are saying that the ex-Barca man's condition has got worse and he has gone from a serious to a critical condition after being taken into hospital with coronavirus.
The Bundesliga suspension has been extended. Despite the fact the German League was initially suspended until 2nd April, the German League decided in their latest meeting to extend it until 30th April.
Monday 30th March
Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of FC Barcelona, spoke to the newspaper 'Sport' to highlight the commitment of the captains in the coronavirus crisis and praise their willingness at all times to accept the wage measures to mitigate the crisis.
The financial crisis facing football as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has been laid bare in France, where a decision to withhold payments due as part of a broadcast deal for Ligue 1 matches is set to leave clubs reeling.
Despite losing star striker Josef Martinez to a season-ending knee injury in the opening game, Atlanta United plans on a fast start when Major League Soccer returns from a coronavirus hiatus.
UEFA will hold a videoconference on Wednesday this week with its 55 member federations as part of discussions on the potential rescheduling of matches postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, European football's governing body announced on Monday.
Cristiano Ronaldo has once again made his presence felt on social media to continue calling for responsibility amidst the situation caused by the spread of the coronavirus. The Portuguese has already agreed to reduce his salary to help Juventus in this break.
The hospital where the Galatasaray manager was treated has had positive reports after the latest tests and Fatih Terim has been discharged. His daughter wrote some touching words on social media.
It may be a while before real fans can return to Bundesliga stadiums, but Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters are planning to fill the stands with the next best thing: 50,000 cardboard cut-outs of themselves.
After Monday's meeting between Primera and Segunda División clubs, La Liga has again made clear that the rest of the season will be played. According to 'El Partidazo de COPE', Tebas is not ruling out playing the rest of the season in the summer and behind closed doors.
Leo Messi, the Barcelona captain, took to social media to talk about the club's situation as a result of COVID-19. The Argentine made clear that the team will reduce their salaries and do everything possible to make sure all the club's employees continue to get 100% of their wages.
Messi, Busquets, Piqué and Sergi Roberto are keeping silent and have not shown their support for the pay cuts proposed by Barcelona during the coronavirus pandemic. Their relationship with Bartomeu is even weaker.
The financial consequences of the coronavirus will hit Manchester United hard. They will not get the 16 million pounds they usually get for travelling to Asia during pre-season.
Sunday 29th March
The May semi-finals and finals of the two annual African club competitions are likely to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the continent.
The UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, gave an interview to the Italian paper 'La Repubblica' and defended himself from the criticism which came about as a result of the Champions League match between Atalanta and Valencia.
The Barcelona central defender took part in a live stream during the 'LaLiga Santander Fest' this Saturday and he wanted to join the campaign Rafa Nadal and Marc Gasol have begun in the fight against the coronavirus.
Saturday 28th March
Juventus have said in a statement that their players and coaching staff, of their own volition, have taken a pay cut until June.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Qatari league took the decision to extend the suspension until 14th April. The competition should have resumed on Sunday 29th March.
Newcastle Jets have confirmed this Saturday in an official statement that a player in the squad has tested positive for coronavirus. It is not known which player it is.
West Ham have eight players in self-isolation after showing mild symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the club's vice-chairwoman Karren Brady.
Friday 27th March
Juventus star Paulo Dybala revealed Friday how he "struggled to breathe" after contracting coronavirus which has killed over 9,000 people in Italy.
Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, gave an exclusive interview to the club's website from his home and talked about his side's Champions League elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid.
Manchester United will refund supporters if they have to play their remaining home games of the season behind closed doors or if they are scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday 24th March
The Bundesliga does not know when it will be able to the resume, but the DFL president has confirmed that it will not begin before 30th April.
Carlo Ancelotti surprised an Everton fan with motor neurone disease while Jose Mourinho helped deliver care packages as Premier League managers joined in the battle against the coronavirus crisis.
The Olympic Games will not take place in August 2020 in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Olympic Games due to the coronavirus crisis.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, the first Premier League player to test positive for coronavirus, has now recovered from the symptoms. Chelsea have announced it and added that the footballer is fully fit to train at home.
A ban on all gatherings in Holland has called into question the possibility of the Eredivisie resuming and finishing in a credible manner.
Monday 23rd March
UEFA have announced this Monday in an official statement that the Champions League and Europa League finals have been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.
Fernando Martin, the former Real Madrid president, has been taken to hospital with coronavirus symptoms. He was the interim president after Florentino Perez's resignation in 2006. He is 72 years old.
Samu Castillejo, the AC Milan player, has spoken again about how he is going through these tough days at the moment in Italy because of the coronavirus. The player stayed in Italy so that he did not put his family at unnecessary risk.
The first Bundesliga player to test positive for coronavirus said on Monday he had been "really scared" as he suffered from the illness.
The Spanish FA (RFEF) has announced this Monday that both La Liga and the Federation's competitions have been suspended indefinitely until the health authorities can guarantee everyone's safety. This is as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Sunday 22nd March
Wayne Rooney backed Liverpool as deserving Premier League winners and said the season must be completed - even at the expense of 2020-21.
The International Olympic Committee, in a statement released on Sunday, specified that they will take four weeks to decide whether the Olympic Games will continue or be postponed.
Roberto Mancini said the 2020 European Championship would have been a welcome distraction for Italians during the "hell" of coronavirus.
The head of an Italian football club based at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic in Brescia said it was time to cancel the Serie A season because of "the plague".
Toby Alderweireld wants to ensure vulnerable people have the chance to video chat with their families amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The station 'COPE' informed that the Olympic Games, which were due to take place between 24th July and 9th August this year, will be postponed. The source added that the decision will be made official this evening by the ICC.
Any Serie A side planning on returning to training is acting purely in self-interest, says Torino chief Urbano Cairo.
Luke Jovic went to Serbia ignoring health warnings at the height of the coronavirus crisis. The players' dad, Milan Jovic, spoke with 'Puls' about his reasons for doing it and said that, if he has to go to jail for it, he first must be proven guilty.
Paulo Dybala confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus and received support from Juventus team-mate Blaise Matuidi.
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira is learning to play the piano, La Liga clubs are facing off on playstation and Atalanta's Robin Gosens has been revising for exams in psychology.
With football having ground to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, the usual transfer rumour mill has fallen silent and nobody cares much where Neymar or Paul Pogba might be playing next season.
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Barcelona will speak to the big teams in Europe and will consider lowering all the player's salaries evenly.
Footballer Marouane Fellaini has tested positive for the coronavirus, his club Shandong Luneng said Sunday, the former Manchester United player becoming the first known case in the Chinese Super League (CSL).
Predrag Mijatovic won LaLiga and the Champions League during Lorenzo Sanz's tenure as president in the Spanish capital.
Javier Pastore has serious doubts over the conclusion of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign due to COVID-19.
Football might have ground to a halt across the world, but not in Australia where they are soldiering on, with a handful of fans turning up to cheer on their teams outside shuttered grounds this weekend.
Martin Semmens of Southampton warned there could be "legal challenges" to face if the Premier League season is not over by June 30.
Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, who was hospitalised with coronavirus, died on Saturday at the age of 76, his son announced.
Saturday 21st March
Milan icon Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel, who plays as a forward for the Serie A club, have both tested positive for COVID-19.
Bayern Munich's players have raised €2million euros to fight coronavirus following donations from Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich.
Juan Mata said he is "coping okay" with the Manchester United training plan that he is carrying out at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mexican football league president Enrique Bonilla has tested positive for the coronavirus that has forced the competition to shut down, he announced.
Juventus confirmed the 3rd case of coronavirus in the squad. It is Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, who joins Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi as the players with the illness.
Portsmouth confirmed that James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Sean Raggett, and Haji Mnoga tested positive for the coronavirus. The League 1 side were one of Arsenal's FA Cup opponents.
Cristiano Ronaldo again addressed his supporters in the midst of the coronavirus quarantine. On this occasion, it was to tell them to stay at home, alluding to the vital importance of doing so. "Play for the world," the Portuguese said.
Brahim Díaz was interviewed by 'Sports&LifeatHome' and revealed what Real Madrid have asked them to face the quarantine. The club want them to keep training, and above all, to keep their spirits up.
Espanyol has reported that four of the six positive for coronavirus have been discharged. Without a doubt, this is fantastic news for the Catalan team.
Barca have offered the club's facilities to the Catalan government (Generalitat) to combat the coronavirus, which has one of its important focal points in Barcelona.
The English competition will not put fans at risk and will end the season (if they can) behind closed doors and with the minimum personnel necessary.
Manchester United and Manchester City have joined forces to donate a combined £100,000 ($117,000) to help local foodbanks affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chinese Federation confirmed the positive case, one of the players that was rumoured to have contracted the virus when Espanyol spoke about 6 positive cases.
After breaching self-isolation measures, Real Madrid's Luka Jovic said he would accept any punishment.
Forced into lockdown by the coronavirus, English teams outside the lucrative Premier League are facing an unprecedented period of financial uncertainty.
Damiano Tommasi's words of warning will not prevent Napoli from returning to training next week.
UEFA were forced into an embarrassing about-turn Friday after they mistakenly tweeted that Euro 2020 would keep its original title despite being pushed back to 2021 as a result of the coronavirus.
Friday 20th March
Wilfried Zaha has urged NHS staff to "reach out" if they need a place to stay, as he co-owns a business with apartments in London.
It may have been postponed by a year, but Euro 2020 will retain its name, UEFA has said.
Bayern Munich players Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich on Friday announced that they had launched a programme to help fight the coronavirus and had put in the first 1 million euro.
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The Nigerian league was one of the only leagues to have matches at the weekend, with Plateau United remaining top.
IOC president Thomas Bach admitted different scenarios for the Olympics are being reviewed, but cancellation is not on the table.
Players and clubs should have no concerns about playing four matches a week to get the season finished, says Gary Nevill
Long despised by German fans as the face of big-money football, billionaire Dietmar Hopp is now being held up by some as a national hero in the coronavirus crisis.
Although the European and world competitions are preparing to return soon (between the end of April and start of May), experts are assuring that it isn't a good idea. The German virologist, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, says that we will have to wait until 2021.
In Italy, they are already calculating the losses which the coronavirus is going to cause, or rather causing. As one of the highest earners, Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of the ones that loses out the most.
England boss Gareth Southgate has urged fans to work together to fight the coronavirus pandemic, with football currently in lockdown.
French defender Aymeric Laporte has urged his Manchester City teammates to keep up their home training routines during their self-isolation -- but admits he cannot stop thinking about the club's possible exclusion from the Champions League.
On Friday the Barca board will meet via videoconference to analyse crash measures to alleviate the heavy losses that the coronavirus crisis will cause at FC Barcelona.
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar uploaded a video onto his social media accounts of him thanking health professionals.
CONMEBOL is eyeing a September start to 2022 World Cup qualifying amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Thursday 19th March
Swiss top-flight outfit FC Sion have terminated the contracts of former Arsenal pair Alex Song and Johan Djourou, as well as of seven of their team-mates, due to the coronavirus pandemic, local media reported on Thursday.
Manchester United have vowed to pay 3,000 casual staff even for the remainder the season even if matches are forced behind closed doors or cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Matches in the Super Lig will come to a halt immediately, the Turkish Football Federation has said.
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Max Eberl has revealed Borussia Monchengladbach's players made have a generous offer to help the club deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has returned to working from home the club confirmed on Thursday after testing positive for coronavirus last week.
The shutdown of English football was extended until at least April 30 on Thursday after the Premier League and English Football League (EFL) held crisis meetings.
Premier League clubs will attempt to hammer out a plan to complete their suspended season when they meet via a conference call on Thursday.
As part of a working group set up by UEFA, LaLiga president Javier Tebas is aiming to ensure the 2019-20 season is finished by June 30.
Europe's top five football leagues could lose as much as four billion euros ($4.33 billion, 3.75 billion pounds) in combined revenue if the coronavirus pandemic completely wipes out the rest of the season, according to a study by KPMG.
With uncertainty over the Premier League, Chelsea's Willian said he was ready to play beyond his contract.
Jorge Jesus, 65, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, but returned a negative result on Wednesday.
Wednesday 19th March
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep Spain, Deportivo Alaves revealed the tests of 10 people at the club have come back positive.
FIFA confirmed the postponement of the new Club World Cup on Wednesday as it pledged to take a series of "exceptional measures" to protect football in the face of the coronavirus crisis, including a possible support fund for financially stricken clubs and associations.
German national team footballers said Wednesday they would donate 2.5 million Euros ($2.7 million) to help fight the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
John Barnes would be prepared to see the 2020-2021 season scrapped entirely if it meant finishing the current campaign properly.
France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi insisted Wednesday his "morale is good" despite testing positive for coronavirus.
The Ligue de Football Professionnel is adamant the 2019-20 season in France will be completed, even if a June 30 finish is impossible.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has pledged to ensure the coronavirus outbreak does not damage the future of his club after admitting the pandemic is the biggest challenge of his 20-year reign.
Liverpool star James Milner has become a social media star in playing up to his no frills image by filming himself doing domestic chores whilst the Premier League is suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Hopes that the postponed Chinese football season could start as early as April took a hit Wednesday after a Brazilian tested positive for the coronavirus, reportedly a first in Chinese football.
NHS staff based in north-west London will have use of Chelsea's Millennium Hotel free of charge for an initial two-month period.
John Obi Mikel, who expressed concern about Turkish football going ahead during the coronavirus outbreak, has left Trabzonspor.
Juventus's France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and Hellas Verona's Mattia Zaccagni have both tested positive for coronavirus, their Serie A clubs confirmed on Tuesday.
Tuesday 17th March
UEFA's decision to postpone Euro 2020 for 12 months on Tuesday buys European club football some time to decide how to proceed, but extremely difficult decisions lie ahead on how, if and when to finish the season.
England's June friendlies against Austria and Romania have been called off after Euro 2020 was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus.
After moving Euro 2020 to next year, UEFA announced a commitment to completing the European club football calendar by the end of June.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Tuesday proposed delaying next year's revamped 24-team Club World Cup in China after UEFA postponed the European Championship until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, FIFA will discuss how to arrange 2021 to cope with rescheduled tournaments, as well as potential global coronavirus support.
After the positive from Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi is the 2nd Juventus player confirmed to have COVID-19
Another tournament has been postponed because of the coronavirus alert that is already affecting the whole planet. The African Football Confederation announced the postponement of the African Nations Championship
The rescheduling of Euro 2020 will mean a major shake-up, with the Nations League and Women's Euro 2021 tournaments set to be moved.
Borussia Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke was criticised on Tuesday for saying the Bundesliga's biggest clubs should refrain from financially helping the league's smaller outfits.
UEFA has postponed Euro 2020 for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, a decision praised by the French Football Federation.
The Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as planned, according to the International Olympic Committee.
Roy Hodgson's age, 72, recommends that the manager isolate in his home for the next 3 months.
The 'BBC' confirmed the precious gesture from the Liverpool player and assure that he spontaneously did it when he saw the evolution of the situation.
Eliaquim Mangala is in isolation at his family home, sticking to a training schedule and watching Netflix since his positive COVID-19 test.
Russia are the latest country to suspend football competitions amid the continued spread of coronavirus.
After the postponement of the European Championship to the European summer of 2021 was leaked, CONMEBOL made the same decision with the Copa América.
The final memorial service for the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Liverpool Football Club announced on Tuesday.
There are now new dates for the Champions League and Europa League finals, a measure taken by UEFA because of the coronavirus crisis.
According to 'Wild East Football', in the Asian country, they are speculating the 18th April as the date when league action will return.
The European organisation, who met on Tuesday, confirmed what was an open secret: the Euros is postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.
Javier Tebas spoke with the Steering Committee pending what UEFA decide to do with the Euros. La Liga could return on 3rd May.
Callum Hudson-Odoi can be seen cycling in an intense workout after Chelsea posted a video of the winger.
Paul Pogba was due to resume Manchester United team training on Tuesday, but the club have changed their plans following government advice.
Chinese football club Wuhan Zall, whose home city is ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic, have landed in China after being stranded in Spain since late January -- and were immediately placed in two weeks' quarantine.
UEFA is expected to postpone Euro 2020 by up to a year on Tuesday, as European football's governing body considers its response to the fallout of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Cleared to train while in self-isolation, Wellington Phoenix will travel to Australia to finish the A-League season.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Monday urged authorities to use "the power of football" to reinforce important messages in the fight against coronavirus, promising initiatives with the World Health Organization.
Flamengo confirmed coach Jorge Jesus had tested positive for coronavirus.
"Several" more positive coronavirus tests have been confirmed by LaLiga club Valencia, taking them to a 35 per cent diagnosis rate.
Drastic measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus have plunged football into crisis, with leagues across Europe suspended and uncertainty over when play will resume.
Monday 17th March
Hearts owner Ann Budge has threatened to take legal action if her Scottish Premiership club are relegated due to the chaos caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
In Spain, La Liga is clear that football won't stop. The organisation headed by Javier Tebas, according to 'Cadena COPE', is clear that the competition will resume. It would be necessary to wait until April at best. It would also be played behind closed doors. The RFEF apparently has doubts about it.
Mason Mount ignored self-isolation orders on Sunday, prompting Chelsea to warn their entire squad.
'La Gazzetta dello Sport' said that the team will complete the test on Tuesday and Wednesday after Daniele Rugani tested positive.
The German Football League (DFL) believe this summer's Euro 2020 will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the body's chief executive Christian Seifert said on Monday.
La Liga is stopped because of the coronavirus. It is still not known if the 11 remaining matches will be able to be played. According to 'AS', the players are in favour of the competition resuming.
Daniele Rugani is on the mend from COVID-19 and enjoying Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter during his downtime.
The DFL believes playing games behind closed doors might be the only way for clubs to survive after it extended the Bundesliga's suspension.
English Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has called for "cool heads" as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to finish the season with the coronavirus wreaking havoc.
A decision over whether to postpone football's Euro 2020 by up to a year, with all the sporting and financial consequences that would entail, is set to be made when UEFA holds a crisis meeting on Tuesday as Europe battles the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
FIGC president Gabriele Gravina insisted Serie A would not automatically resume when the Italian government lifts its restrictions.
'AS' recalls that in 1999, when the Yugoslavian league was suspended because of the NATO bombing, UEFA decided to make Partizan Belgrade champions, who were top at that moment.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) are to request that Euro 2020 be postponed amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic, FIGC president Gabriele Gravina said on Monday.
Stars like Edinson Cavani face uncertain futures with Europe's top five leagues p