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Friday, March 6th, 2020 2:50pm

Covid-19 is unrelenting in its impacts on the world of sport. Here are your latest headlines regarding the illness.

Thursday 26th March 2020

All leagues in England below the three divisions that make up the National League will end immediately and "all results will be expunged". The National Leagues meanwhile continue to decide how best to conclude their seasons. 

A statement announcing the news on the Football Association's website declared: "The NLS and the women’s football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

"As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

"These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven."

All leagues in the women's game below the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship- tiers three to seven- have also been ended immediately and results will also be expunged. 

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, has announced he has recovered from coronavirus. On a statement published on the Nottingham Forest website, Mr. Marinakis expressed his gratitude to the Greek health care system and stated that he no longer has coronavirus. 

"After two weeks in full compliance with my doctors’ instructions, I underwent my second medical test, as suggested by the relevant protocol, which turned out negative.

"I stayed at home, I communicated with many of my friends and relatives, I read a lot, I watched TV for many hours, I listened to music and spent numerous hours surfing on the web; all these helped me realise what is going on in the rest of the world and see once again how fragile our planet is.

"I need to extend my thanks to the Greek National Health system doctors for their care and advice: those heroes dressed in green and white coats who cater 24/7 for their fellow people; all my friends, each and every one of them, for their endless love, thousands of messages (or even verses) and unselfish support."

Tuesday 24th March 2020

The International Olympic Committee have confirmed the 2020 Tokyo Games have been postponed and will now take place "no later than summer 2021".

Monday 23rd March 2020

UEFA have announced the Champions League final, Europa League final and women’s Champions League final have all been postponed. “No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates."

Monday 23rd March 2020

Football in Spain has been halted indefinitely while the country battles COVID-19. The move also includes the top-tier of Spanish football, La Liga. 

The country, which is currently in a state of emergency, has already seen football in the country suspended for two weeks already. 

Football will only resume once again once the Spanish government deems it safe to do so. 

Monday 23rd March 2020

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has announced he has recovered from coronavirus. The Spaniard was the first manager in the Premier League to test positive for COVID-19 but he has now told Spanish television outlet La Sexta he has recovered. 

"It took me three or four days to start feeling better, with more energy, to leave the symptoms behind", Arteta said. 

"I am very well now. I feel that I have recovered."

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Former Manchester United and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has tested positive for COVID-19. The Belgium posted on twitter announcing that he has the virus and said he hopes: "to return to the game as soon as possible".

Thursday 19th March 2020

The top four-tiers of English football will be suspended until April 30th, it has been announced. The Premier League, English Football League and Women's football, which had been suspended until 4th April, will now be on hold until April 30th "at the earliest". 

Tuesday 17th March 2020

UEFA have announced that the Euros, which were set to take place this summer, have been postponed until 2021.

Friday 13th March 2020 

All Premier League action suspended until April 3rd. 

Friday 13th March 2020  

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tests positive for COVID-19, Chelsea squad in self isolation. 

Friday 13th March 2020  

Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, as a result Arsenal squad are in self-isolation and game with Brighton on Saturday postponed.

Friday 13th March 2020  

UEFA has announced both the Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled to go ahead next week have been postponed.

Friday 13th March 2020 

The EFL has agreed to suspend all games until the 4th of April.

Thursday 12th March 2020  

The Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled. 

Thursday 12th March 2020  

According to the Telegraph, an unnamed Premier League side are in the process of testing all members of their first-team playing staff after three of the squad displayed symptoms of the coronavirus.

Thursday 11th March 2020

The next two rounds of La Liga fixtures have been suspended. This comes at the same time Real Madrid's players go into quarantine after fears they may have come into contact with a carrier of the coronavirus. 

The Spanish giants share training facilities with the Real Madrid basketball team, of a which a member was found to have tested positive for the virus.

Thursday 12th March 2020 

ATP & WTA Tennis tours look set to be suspended until May. The news comes after the confirmation that The Indian Wells tournament was scrapped after being scheduled to start this week.

Thursday 12th March 2020

The NBA has suspended the season following a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily testing positive for COIVD-19, it was announced in a statement. 

Thursday 12th March 2020

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for COVID-19, the Italian club have confirmed in a statement. 

Wednesday 11th March 2020

The Copa del Rey, which was due to take place on 18th April between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak a spokesman for the national soccer federation has announced. 

Wednesday 11th March 2020

The Europa League clashes between Sevilla vs Roma & Inter Milan vs Getafe have been postponed.

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Hannover 96 have confirmed centre-back Timo Hübers has tested positive for coronavirus after believing to have picked up the infection at an event in Hildesheim.

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Manchester City vs Arsenal becomes the first Premier League game to fall foul of the coronavirus, the clash being postponed after some Arsenal players came into contact with Olympiacos F.C.owner Evangelos Marinakis who tested positive for the virus AFTER the sides met 13 days ago in the Europa League.

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Golf's schedule continues to suffer as The Hero Indian Open, arranged to start on the 19th of March, has been postponed due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

Wednesday 11th March 2020

3 members of Formula one teams have tested positive for the virus. Two from Haas and one form Mclaren have all been placed in self-isolation at The Australian Grand-Prix in Melbourne.

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Chelsea's return leg against Bayern Munich in Germany will be played behind closed doors with the Bavarian government banning events with more than 1,000 people until the end of the Easter holidays. The second-leg will be played on March 18th. 

Monday 9th March 2020

It has been announced by French Sports minister, Roxana Maracineanu, that Ligue 1 games will be either played behind closed doors or will only allow a maximum of 1,000 fans to attend until 15th April.

Monday 9th March 2020

Football fans might not be able to watch games in their local pubs due to the threat of coronavirus.

The Times have reported that a meeting between senior sports administrators and government officials took place. If fans are banned from going to matches themselves, spectators are likely to go to the pub instead to get their footballing fix according to chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam.

“He said there was probably more risk of the virus spreading in packed pubs than in open air stadia,” one official claimed who was at the meeting.

As a result Sky and BT Sport, who hold the rights for showing live Premier League games in the UK, could be asked to stop showing games in a bid to reduce the number of people congregating in pubs. 

Friday 6th March 2020

Premier League matches could be played behind closed doors "in the coming weeks", according to Everton's chief finance officer Sasha Ryazantsev. 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis hitting the United Kingdom, Ryazantsev has admitted that top-flight clubs might be forced into the decision. 

Speaking at the FT Buisness of Football Summit in London, Ryazantsev stated: "It would be a forced decision rather than one we would proactively engage in. 

"But the whole situation goes far beyond the world of sport. Of course nobody wants to play behind closed doors and I don't think it's inevitable at the moment that it will happen.

"But we feel it is quite likely in the coming weeks."

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