West Ham and Palace Postpone Australia Tour Due To Coronavirus

"It is bitterly disappointing not to be able to make the club's landmark trip to Queensland this July,"

West Ham and Crystal Palace have permanently postponed their July tour to Australia, Queensland due to coronavirus outbreak, they announced on Wednesday.

The Premier League clubs were scheduled to meet Brisbane Roar of the A-League coached by Robbie Fowler, former England striker in the inaugural Queensland Champions Cup.

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the exhibition was scheduled to take place from July 11 to 18 in three cities – Townsville, Gold Coast and Brisbane – along the Queensland coast with each team playing two matches.

“It is bitterly disappointing not to be able to make the club’s landmark trip to Queensland this July,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said in a statement on the club’s website.

“We’ll do everything we possibly can to try to rearrange the tour for 2021, once things become clear with the Premier League schedule for the remainder of this season, and next year’s provisional timings, too.”

Soccer in England was suspended last month due to the Coronavirus, which has now infected over 2.5 million people worldwide causing over 172 900 deaths.

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David Moyes, West Ham manager said the club made the right decisions to postpone the tour to Queensland

“This is a situation that has affected the entire world, though, and the only thing that matters at this time is that people stay safe and well,” Moyes said in a statement on West Ham’s website.

“We hope that the tournament can be rearranged at a later date once things are back to normal and we look forward to visiting Australia in the future.”


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