The English Premier League is about to become the next sport to affected by the Coronavirus as clubs brace to play games behind closed doors.
Given the way the virus is spreading throughout Europe, it seemed inevitable that the Premier League would one way of the other effect
As of Thursday 5 March, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases was at 115. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had already an emergency meeting with Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBRA) earlier this week with which resulted in the possibility of a total ban on public gatherings (eg sports matches) being tabled in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus.
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Many countries across Europe and Asia have already been forced to postpone or cancel major sporting events until the Coronavirus health issue has been dealt with.
The Italian government has even gone as far as closing down schools until the 2nd of April.
Rugby was one of the first English sporting fixtures affected by the virus as the Six Nations rugby matches between England and Italy was postponed.
Ireland had already announced the postponement of their match against Italy while France is currently deliberating on whether to do the same with their match against Ireland. All the measure being taken are in the essence of public health and safety.
Everton Chief Financial Officer Sasha Ryazantsev let known that clubs are already preparing for the worst knowing that it may end up being an unavoidable outcome as he went on to say:
“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.”
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“I believe they would understand that.
“I believe it will have a negative financial impact on the club and football but a temporary one rather than a lasting impact.”