EPL season goes ahead but matches to be played in empty stadiums

Other European leagues, like the Bundesliga, have already banned spectators for games. (AP pic)

LONDON: All Premier League and lower division matches in England are to be played without spectators amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Times reported on Wednesday.

The report said the season will not be postponed and that the games behind closed doors will not be shown in pubs “to avoid congregation of people”.

About 450 people in Britain have been infected by coronavirus and eight have died.

The Times said “the plan may be implemented once the number of UK coronavirus cases passes 500”.

Italy’s Serie A has been suspended while French Ligue 1 and Spanish La Liga games are being played without spectators.

Juventus on Wednesday said their defender Daniele Rugani had tested positive for coronavirus, casting doubt on the Italian side’s Champions League last-16 return leg against Olympique Lyonnais next week.