Copa del Rey final postponed due to coronavirus outbreak


The Copa del Rey final between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club  has been postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.

Basque sides Sociedad and Athletic were due to play for the trophy in Seville on April 18 but the match has been pushed back by the RFEF.

It is now understood that the game is set to be rescheduled for May 30.

At least the next two matchdays in Spain’s top two tiers will be played behind closed doors due to the proliferation of COVID-19, though the national footballers’ union has requested matches be suspended.

The RFEF also announced on Wednesday that all non-professional men’s and women’s football and futsal matches have been postponed for two weeks.

UEFA announced on Wednesday that the Europa League clash between Sevilla and Roma as well as the match between Inter and Getafe will not take place as scheduled, with the two becoming the latest continental clashes to be impacted by the outbreak.

Italy has been on high alert in recent weeks, with sections of the country on lockdown due to the spread of the illness.

There have been over 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, where 631 people have died, forcing the indefinite suspension of Serie A fixtures.

According to the World Health Organisation, Spain has seen 1,639 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 36 deaths.

The Premier League and Ligue 1 have also been impacted, with the two leagues either postponing games or playing them behind closed doors.

On Tuesday night it was announced that Premier League  has decided to postpone Wednesday’s match between Manchester City and Arsenal over coronavirus fears. 

The decision to postpone the match was made after it was revealed that members of Arsenal’s staff had come into contact with Olympiacos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, who has been diagnosed with coronavirus in recent days.

Several Europa League ties are set to go on, though, with  Wolves seeing a request to postpone their last-16 match against Olympiacos in Greece rejected by UEFA.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are scheduled to face LASK at Raiffeisen Arena in Austria behind closed doors on Thursday.

The Champions League has also been impacted, with supporters prohibited from attending over half of the Champions League’s last-16 second-leg fixtures, including Paris Saint-Germain’s match against Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening.



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