Coronavirus spread forces Chinese FA to suspend all domestic football

January 30 – The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has postponed all domestic games due to the coronavirus epidemic as the number of fatalities and infections continues to rise.

The virus has had a major impact on China’s sporting landscape and the CFA said in a statement on its website that football at all levels was being called off.

The CFA said the move was taken to help with the “prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic of the new coronavirus infection, and to protect the health of the majority of fans, media, players, coaches, game officials, clubs and district staff”.

It said the decision affected the “2020 season national football competitions at all levels”.

That also includes, of course, the Chinese Super League which was scheduled to begin on February 22 and to run until October 31. A new starting date for the season has not been announced.

“The Chinese Football Association will continue to maintain close communication with national authorities … and make reasonable adjustments to the organisation, schedule and scale of matches where necessary,” the CFA added.

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