CORONAVIRUS LIVE: Follow the latest impact on the sports world


The Spanish govenrment has declared a state of alarm because of the virus, with over 20,000 now infected

Sánchez: Estamos en la primera fase del combate al coronavirus | EFE.


Saturday, 21 from March

Football goes on! Kind of... La Liga has backed a FIFA tournament, with each team represented by one player. For Barcelona, Sergi Roberto stepped forward. He's in action on Saturday against Eibar. Full details here


Manchester comes together. You love to see it! 


Chinese international striker Wu Lei is one of the six people at Barcelona-based Espanyol that has tested positive for coronavirus. 


Cases continue to rise in Spain. There are now over 20,000 positive tests for coronavirus in the country and over 1,000 people have passed away. Remember: stay at home. 


As per yesterday's report in La Vanguardia, Barcelona are studying temporarily reducing wages of the playing staff. No decision has been taken yet but the board met in a video call on Friday to discuss possible measures for possible scenarios. More is expected next week when the board talk again. 


Friday, 20 from March

Even non-league teams in England are helping the fight. Go on Stockport! 


Barcelona will hold an extraordinary board meeting on Friday, as first revealed by SPORT, to study and discuss a plan of action to help deal with the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. 

La Vanguardia report that Barça players could have salaries hit due to the virus and the suspension of football. Other reports say it will be a league-wide initiative for players to take a temporary wage cut.  


Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez has lost a family member to coronavirus, his brother has revealed. Alex, who plays for Cadiz in Spain's second division, revealed the news in an interview with Diario de Cadiz this week. Full story.  



Good from Man United, who are paying staff regardless of whether games are cancelled or behind closed doors. 


Premier League suspended until April 30 but the league will be completed, a statement has said on Thursday. Full details


Well done Germany!

The German national team has today given notice that they will be spending 2.5 million euros to help combat the spread of Coronavirus. “Every gesture, every little helps,” was the motto coming from the team. "We are all facing a huge challenge, now more than ever." The national players will discuss specifically what the money is going towards.

Manuel Neuer, Luca Waldschmidt, Joshua Kimmich and many other players commented on Instagram with video messages. “It’s great how you all support each other," said Matthias Ginter, for example. "As a national team, we too want to do our part. Let’s set an example by sticking together in this difficult time.”


Ivan Rakitic could have moved to China in January, where a Super League club showed interest in him, but coronavirus put the brakes on any move. Full details.

January seems a long time ago now. At the time, China was trying to deal with the outbreak of the disease, while now, two months later, it's spread across Europe, with La Liga and the Champions League among the competitions suspended. 


Wednesday, 18 from March

In Coronavirus news related to LaLiga, Deportivo Alaves have confirmed that 15 members of the club have tested positive for the virus. Three of those are footballers for the first team. It's worth remembering that Alaves played Valencia in the league after Albert Celades' team faced Atalanta in the Champions League.

Elsewhere, Eibar have donated the testing kits, sent to them by LaLiga, to local hospitals in the region because none of their players or staff are showing any symptoms associated with the virus.

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