Liverpool have decided to postpone their charity match against Barcelona as a precaution due to the coronavirus. The Reds had assembled a team of legends to go up against some former Barcelona stars but the plug has been pulled on the contest for now.
Spain is the second worst affected country in Europe behind Italy with the number of cases jumping up to 3,000 from 700.
The Barcelona players are unable to travel over to the UK for the match which will now be rescheduled and played at a later date.
Fans who have already purchased tickets will be allowed to use them for the rearranged fixture.
Boris Johnson confirmed on Thursday that sporting events in the UK will continue as normal, despite the rest of Europe shutting down their major leagues.
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Liverpool travel to Everton on Monday night as they look to move a step closer towards their first ever Premier League title.
The Reds are just two wins from being crowned champions, with Anfield chiefs fearing that they may lift the title in front of an empty stadium.
Or worse, there is a good chance the Premier League will be postponed while the UK tackles the pandemic.
It came as a great surprise on Wednesday that Atletico Madrid supporters were allowed to be present at Anfield.
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That’s after La Liga banned supporters from attending matches in Spain.
Up to 3,000 Atletico fans embarked on Merseyside to watch their side enjoy a memorable night against the European champions.
Liverpool issued the following statement on coronavirus earlier this month.
“In recent weeks, there has been a rise of confirmed COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases around the world,” it read.
“We have several new measures in place across LFC operations to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect the health of our employees.
“We have taken proactive measures including cancelling any staff travel to high-risk countries and reminding everyone of good hygiene practices through notices in/around all our sites.
“We have also activated a health questionnaire screening for all external visitors to all our training facilities, our office locations and other community facilities that we use regularly.
“For supporters planning on attending Anfield there will be hand sanitisers and/or antibacterial handwash in all the washrooms at Anfield as well as additional information posters reinforcing the official medical advice for everyone to take personal responsibility for excellent personal hygiene.
“We are also taking matchday precautionary measures and will not have any mascots on the pitch. Any supporter displaying symptoms that are consistent with the virus should ensure they familiarise themselves with the chief medical officer’s advice on self-isolation.
“We will continue to take the best advice from the relevant authorities and will update supporters with any further developments.”
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