Premier League games to be played behind closed doors amidst coronavirus threat

Premier League games to be played behind closed doors amidst coronavirus threat

Serie A had been playing several matches behind closed doors of late, but the decision was taken on Monday to postpone the league season for at least one month.

English Premier League games are set to be played behind the closed doors amidst the threat of coronavirus outbreak, as per reports in the local media.

A host of European fixtures, involving Chelsea and Manchester United, will also be played behind closed doors.

Three players from an unnamed Premier League side have shown symptoms of coronavirus with everyone at the club being tested on Thursday.

The unprecedented measure would be one of the most dramatic moves yet undertaken by the United Kingdom government to contain the outbreak and will be decided upon at a Cobra cabinet meeting this morning amid a widely held expectation that the nation is poised to move from the "contain" phase of the pandemic to "delay".

Matches will be blocked from being broadcast in pubs, however, to avoid large public gatherings and will be threatened with the lossof their license if they flaunt the rules.

According to The Times, the current season will not be postponed but games will be contested with no supporters present.

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. Premier League games will still not be broadcast live in the 3pm (11pm Singpaore time) slot on Saturday, but all Premier league season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games will be able to individually stream the games at home.

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