EUROPEAN football is back but facing more than a few difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak.
A number of fixtures have already been announced as behind closed doors – and could even see games postponed as the killer bug continues to spread.
Will Champions League and Europa League be cancelled?
Although games have only been played behind closed doors so far, Uefa are now under pressure to cancel both competitions and start fresh next season.
This follows after Juventus defender Daniele Rugani was tested positive for coronavirus.
That has seen all players from the Italian giants placed in quarantine – along with Inter Milan’s stars, after the two sides met at the weekend.
Inter’s clash against Getafe in the Europa League has already been postponed following these latest developments – while Roma vs Sevilla has also been called off.
With Italy on a two-week lockdown, teams’ schedules are fast becoming overcrowded, with a busy summer of Euro 2020 also coming up.
Uefa have announced they will hold a video conference on Tuesday, March 17 to discuss the current situation with all domestic and European competitions in mind, including Euro 2020.
Which Champions League matches are behind closed doors?
The following Champions League games are behind closed doors:
Valencia vs Atalanta
PSG vs Borussia Dortmund
Barcelona vs Napoli
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea
Which Europa League matches are behind closed doors?
The following Europa League games will be held behind closed doors:
Wolfsburg vs Shakhtar Donestk
Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers
Which Champions League and Europa League matches have been postponed?
Two Europa League matches have been called off this week. They are:
Inter vs Getafe
Sevilla vs Roma
Both were scheduled to be played behind closed doors but Getafe refused to fly to Milan under any circumstances, which left Uefa no choice but to cancel the game.
Meanwhile, Roma were denied permission to land in Seville by the Spanish authorities.
Wolves did ask for their game at Olympiacos on Thursday to be called off after the Greek club’s owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus.
However, Uefa have ordered it to go ahead.
Basel have announced that their return match against Frankfurt next week will not be played in Switzerland, and will be called off if a new venue cannot be found.
Juventus have yet to announce whether their match against Lyon will be moved or played behind closed doors but with Italy on lockdown it is impossible to envisage it taking place with fans.
Juve have already been rebuffed in an approach to Malta’s FA to play the match there.