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La Liga pauses, UEFA set to suspend Champions & Europa Leagues over COVID-19

The dominoes are starting to fall.

Valencia CF v Atalanta - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by UEFA - Handout via Getty Images

The breaking news keeps coming in the sporting world as the entire planet has seemingly woken up about the threat of the coronavirus in the past 36 hours. This morning there there are two bits of breaking news related to the global pandemic that do not directly impact Tottenham Hotspur or the Premier League, but could serve as bellwethers of future decisions.

First, the Spanish football federation has announced that La Liga has suspended its season entirely over concerns about the coronavirus. This comes on the heels of the entire Real Madrid squad going into quarantine after a member of their basketball team tested positive for coronavirus; the basketball and football teams share training facilities. Serie A has already suspended after Juventus’ Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus.

There’s also a new report that says that UEFA is considering suspending the Champions League and Europa League out of the same concerns. No decision has been formally made, but at this point it feels like an inevitability.

This is not limited to football, either — yesterday, the National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended its season hours after one of its players, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, had tested positive for coronavirus. Major League Baseball is also considering its options at this point, and the NCAA has already announced that, at least for now, the college basketball tournament will take place behind closed doors.

Yesterday, there were reports that the Premier League would, beginning today, move to playing all league matches without spectators and with only essential staff present, but that the matches would go on as planned. This is pure speculation, but considering how fast the news has travelled it would not shock me in the slightest if the Premier League suspends as well before the end of the week.

Some people may be frustrated by the suspension or cancellation of sporting events over the coronavirus, but these moves are absolutely the right decision. Health and safety are of paramount importance in a global pandemic situation. And for anyone reading this article, be safe, take precautions, practice social distancing, and wash your hands.