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China suspends all domestic matches this season due to coronavirus outbreak

Chinese Football Association has cancelled all the domestic matches for the 2020 season for better control of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Death toll in China due to coronavirus has reached 170

Death toll in China due to coronavirus has reached 170 (AP Photos)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • All the domestic matches of 2020 season have been suspended in China
  • This is a precautionary measure to control the coronavirus outbreak
  • Chinese clubs will first play 3 away matches in Asian Champions League

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) announced that the domestic matches of 2020 season have been suspended for better control of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The total number of confirmed deaths from the newly identified virus in the country has risen to 170.

“In order to cooperate with the nationwide prevention to curb the 2019-nCoV virus and to ensure the health of all football-related people, the CFA decided to delay all levels of domestic football matches in 2020 season from now on,” said the Chinese football governing body.

Earlier, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed that all four Chinese clubs will first play three away games in their Asian Champions League group matches.

Notably, the Chinese women’s soccer team had travelled to Australia to play an Olympic qualifying tournament which was originally scheduled to be held in Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated, before it was shifted to Nanjing and later transferred out of China to Sydney.

The association added that they are maintaining close communication with national authorities to adjust and publish the season schedule accordingly.

Also, World Indoor Athletics Championships, scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Nanjing in March, were postponed until 2021 after advice from the World Health Organisation.

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