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Coronavirus Update: Roma will not travel to Spain for Europa League, whilst La Liga “could be stopped”

Italian side AS Roma will not travel to Sevilla for their Europa League tie on Thursday as their plane is not authorised to land in Spain.

The Round of 16 tie was due to be played behind closed doors in an attempt to try and stop spreading coronavirus – with other games following suit.

With the outbreak being especially bad in Italy, the Roma plane had to be granted permission to land in Spain and UEFA allowed it to land in Seville initially.

However, the Spanish government has since banned the aircraft from landing in their country, meaning the tie will have to be rescheduled.

Likewise, Spanish club Getafe are refusing to travel to Milan for their Europa League tie against Inter Milan.

Club president Angel Torres has confirmed that the club are not going to travel to Italy.

“We’re not going to play, we’re not going to travel to Italy, that has been decided,” Torres said.

“I can guarantee we will not travel to Italy. Uefa will decide what happens next.”

Football journalist Guillem Balague has revealed that the Spanish FA, La Liga and the Players’ Union will conduct a meeting to discuss the possibility of stopping La Liga for the season.

With the coronavirus outbreak growing by every minute, the football in Spain is now under serious threat, with Balague taking to his Twitter page to reveal the planned meeting.

Balague said: “In the next few hours the Spanish FA, La Liga and the Players Union will meet to discuss the possibility of stopping LaLiga from now on (the FA has cancelled all completions from 2nd B below, the ones they control and want First and Second division also cancelled)”.

In Formula 1, it was announced on Tuesday that a guest in a hotel close to the Albert Park Circuit, where the 2020 Australian Grand Prix will take place at the weekend, tested positive for coronavirus.

Some team members came down with flu, and the teams are ensuring the correct procedures have been followed and they are now in self-isolation.

Elsewhere in cricket, England players have been told to not interact with fans in an attempt to stop spreading the virus.

England are currently in Sri Lanka, which has two confirmed cases now, with the first Test getting underway next Thursday in Galle.

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