So we got to 2020, and surely, Football fans could be asking for their clubs to hit the top spot throughout this year. However, who would’ve thought that a major disease outbreak would strike the whole world, putting everything in danger? Yes, it’s hard to take…
The Coronavirus pandemic is getting deeper and deeper into the sports scene. This Thursday, after a meeting between the Spanish Football Federation, the Spanish Players’ Union, and La Liga, it was decided to suspend the Spanish La Liga for the next two matchdays. The decision came shortly after Real Madrid confirmed a player on their basketball team tested positive for the Covid-19. In order to prevent further spread, the Madrid club is quarantined.
However, the problem is… Madrid is one of the focus of the coronavirus, with the number of cases scaling day by day in the Spanish capital. As for now, I would say that’s improbable that the Spanish league could resume its normal schedule, and the season might be declared null and void.
The same happened to Italy’s Serie A.
Unfortunately, Italy is the most affected European country, with its Northern region, which includes, Lombardia – where Inter, AC Milan, and Atalanta are based- and Piemonte – where Juventus and Torino are based- is the most affected region.
So that not even European teams want to go to Northern Italy to play for UEFA competitions.
Things got out of hand when Juventus’ defender, Rugani, had been tested positive for the virus this Wednesday. Also, Gabbiadini, Patrick Cutrone, Pezzella and others tested positive for the virus.
Now let’s talk about UEFA competitions. Everyone saw Liverpool getting knocked out by Atletico Madrid right at their fortress, Anfield Road, with a 3-2 defeat. Also, everyone watched Neymar and Mbappe defeating and mocking Borussia Dortmund’s rising star Erling Haaland with the Parc des Princes behind closed doors. There were also Atalanta’s show past Valencia, and RB Leipzig destroying Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham at home.
However, all of these could have been in vain, as UEFA is highly likely to cancel this season due to the coronavirus outbreak across Europe. That’s because the part two of the Round of 16 includes Real Madrid, and Juventus, who clearly have no conditions whatsoever to play the second-leg match.
Of course, this situation is unexpected, and no one wants to end the season this way. However, we must respect those who were affected by the virus, lost their loved ones, and wait until some decision is made official.
I would like to express all my feelings and direct my prayers towards Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and every nation that is being hammered by the Covid-19. Remember that “Football is the most important thing of the least important things”, and there’s no sense on keep going under these conditions.