Matches of PKO BP Ekstraklasa, Fortuna I Liga and II Liga, the three highest football divisions in Poland, will be suspended due to the threat of SARS-CoV-2 virus, commonly called the coronavirus.
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The Polish Football Association (PZPN) at first announced on Friday that the matches of Fortuna I Liga and II Liga, the second and the third highest competitions will be suspended. Simultaneously the federation “addressed Ekstraklasa SA company to analyse the current situation.” Earlier, PZPN and its local divisions decided to put on hold local and youth football competitions.
“Due to the current situation concerning spreading of the coronavirus and the epidemic threat in Poland, matches of the PKO BP Ekstraklasa will be postponed,” Ekstraklasa SA, the organiser of the competition announced on Friday, soon after the decision of PZPN.
The date when the matches will be resumed is not known yet, it will be set next week after getting acquainted with the UEFA guidelines. They will be put on hold until the end of March.
“The consultations of UEFA with national federations and ECA and European Leagues, which might influence this year’s calendar and plans of UEFA for the next season, will take place next Tuesday,” Marcin Animucki, the CEO of Ekstraklasa SA was quoted as saying in a press release.
ECA stands for the European Clubs Association, a body representing the interests of professional football clubs in UEFA, while European Leagues is an association gathering organisers of professional football leagues in Europe.
The decision was made after players and clubs called for it. The team of Górnik Zabrze decided not to go for its match against ŁKS Łódź. One of the most recognisable players, Jakub Błaszczykowski, who plays for Wisła Kraków, appealed to suspend the competitions.
A vast majority of professional football leagues and other sports events in Europe were put on hold. Matches of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League which were scheduled for the next week were suspended.
In Poland, the hockey league finished, while basketball and handball leagues have been suspended.
The future of UEFA Euro 2020, organised in twelve European cities is still uncertain, so is the fate of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Meanwhile, Artur Boruc, the goalkeeper of English club AFC Bournemouth and former player of the Polish national team, was self-isolated due to the suspicion of being infected with the coronavirus.
Another Premier League club @afcbournemouth confirm that five of its employees are currently self-isolating, having displayed symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including Artur Boruc.— Ian Dennis (@Iandennisbbc) March 13, 2020