The Asian Football Confederation has postponed 12 Champions League matches involving Chinese clubs, following a meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to discuss the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
The affected matches are:
Match day one
- FC Seoul vs Beijing FC and Perth Glory v Shanghai Shenhua – moved from February 11 to April 28
- Suwon Samsung Bluewings v Guangzhou Evergrande and Sydney FC v Shanghai SIPG – moved from February 12 to April 29.
Match day two
- Chiangrai United v Beijing FC – moved from February 18 to May 18.
- Ulsan Hyundai FC v Shanghai Shenhua – moved from February 18 to May 19.
- Johor Darul Ta’zim v Guangzhou Evergrande and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC v Shanghai SIPG – moved from February 19 to May 20.
Match day three
- Melbourne Victory v Beijing FC and Vissel Kobe v Guangzhou Evergrande – moved from March 3 to May 26.
- FC Tokyo v Shanghai Shenhua and Yokohama F. Marinos v Shanghai SIPG – moved from March 4 to May 27.
Chiangrai United’s match against Beijing FC on February 18 is expected to go ahead as planned because the Chinese team has been recently training in South Korea and will not be affected by quarantines.
AFC had already altered its schedule to make these matches away fixtures for the Chinese clubs, but has had to take further measures due to travel restrictions on Chinese visitors put in place by governments around Asia-Pacific.
The confederation said that for future rounds of its competitions, it would assess the viability of each match 21 days prior to kick-off. If it is decided a match cannot go ahead as scheduled, the host club must nominate a neutral venue for it at least 14 days before match day.
Other coronavirus news:
The Fed Cup tennis tournament due to take place in Nur al-Sultan, Kazakhstan next week has been postponed for three weeks. The event had already been moved from Dongguan in China. The Times of India reported that the government of Kazakhstan has prohibited the organisation of international sports events in the country.
PGA Tour Series-China
The China-based golf series has moved its Global Qualifying Tournament from Haikou, China to Lagoi, Indonesia, to take place on February 25-28. The Global Qualifying Tournament is for foreign players that wish to play in the PGA Tour Series-China. A qualifying tournament for Chinese citizens took place in Guangzhou in January. A second Global Qualifying Tournament is scheduled for March 3-6 in Phuket, Thailand.
Paris Grand Slam judo
The International Judo Federation said Chinese athletes would not participate in the event, due for February 8 and 9. The French embassy in China has closed and will not reopen before February 10, making it impossible for the Chinese delegation to get visas.
Bandy World Championships
China’s men’s and women’s teams have pulled out of their respective Bandy World Championships. The men’s event takes place in Irkutsk, Russia, from March 1 to 6. The women’s event takes place in Oslo on February 19 to 22.
Sportswear company Nike has donated 10m yuan ($1.4m) to the China Youth Development Foundation as part of the coronavirus relief effort. The money will be used to buy medical supplies and provide other support for those working to contain the epidemic.
Inter Milan refunds
Italian football club Inter Milan is reimbursing Chinese fans who bought tickets for this weekend’s derby match against AC Milan but are unable to attend due to the coronavirus. The Chinese-owned club does not typically allow such refunds, but it is doing so as a special measure.