Premier League may ‘ban people over 70’ from games due to coronavirus

The Premier League is considering banning people over the age of 70 from attending matches over fears surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.

The demographic is at the highest risk from the spread of COVID-19 and could be stopped from attending matches.

Sports authorities and broadcasters will meet with the government in London on Monday to cover various scenarios.

Contingency plans are needed in case the virus spreads further, with pre-match handshakes between players having already been put to a stop.

And the unprecedented ban on those over the age of 70 could even affect Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, who is now 72.

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Sky News' Martha Kelner has said: "The Premier League is prepared for the possibility that Public Health England will advise that some fixtures this season will have to be played behind closed doors, as has been the case in other European leagues like Italy and Morocco.

"It is understood that the preference in the case of advice that the season be postponed or played behind closed doors would be that it continues without fans permitted inside stadiums.

"The league is also considering other possible contingency plans. That may include advising against, or even a possible ban, on over 70s – the demographic considered to be at highest risk from the spread of COVID-19 – coming inside stadiums."

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