The coronavirus epidemic is spreading quickly throughout the globe and the world of sport is beginning to feel the effects.
Sport has virtually come to a standstill in Wuhan, the place where the virus originated from in China, whereas Italy has become the first European country to be majorly impacted by the dangerous disease.
The first big sporting event to be postponed because of coronavirus fears was the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, which was meant to take place in Shanghai on April 1.
Marca additionally report that there are also rumours that the Olympic Games, which are due to be held in Tokyo in July and August, could be postponed too.
Talking about the epidemic's outbreak in Italy, Last weekend, four Serie A matches in Milan, Bergamo, Verona and Turin were postponed due to the spread of the virus in the north of the country.
Italy put 11 towns on lockdown after reporting 200+ cases and at least 5 deaths of coronavirus, the most in Europe.— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 24, 2020
▪️ 50,000 people on lockdown.
▪️ Schools, churches closes in many regions.
▪️ Most cases linked to a man ("patient one") with no history of travel to China. pic.twitter.com/bjbYK6afk2
More matches are expected to be affected and many, including the upcoming Sunday's clash between Juventus and Inter, could be played behind closed doors.
Talking about the UEFA Champions League, Napoli's match with Barcelona at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday will go ahead without any problems because Naples is a long way away from the regions of Lombardy, Piemonte and Veneto, which are the main areas affected.
Furthermore, in the Europa League, Inter will play their last-32 second leg against Ludogorets behind closed doors on Thursday, with the Italian Football Federation asking UEFA for permission to shut the stadiums.