All top Euro leagues now halted by virus

All major European soccer leagues have now been suspended after the German Bundesliga joined the English Premier League in calling off their league programmes in the worsening coronavirus crisis.

European football governing body UEFA also effectively suspended its Champions League and Europa League competitions indefinitely on Friday by postponing all last 16 second leg ties scheduled for next week.

"In the light of developments due to the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed," a statement said.

Quarter-final draws for both competitions have also been postponed. UEFA said "decisions on when these matches take place will be communicated in due course."

UEFA had already invited member associations and stakeholders to a video conference on Tuesday to discuss ramifications of the virus on football, including Euro 2020.

"It may be necessary that the Euros be postponed for health reasons," said Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The Euros are scheduled to be held in 12 countries across the continent with the June 12 opener in Rome. Italy is particularly heavily impacted by the virus.

England's Premier League followed suit after an emergency meeting took place in light of several clubs reporting infections or symptoms in their squad.

And the Bundesliga weekend matches - initially to be played behind closed doors - were all postponed on Friday.

Italy, Spain and France were top leagues to have already suspended fixtures.

A statement by the German Football League (DFL) said the course of the day made the change of plan, from playing closed door games, necessary. The background is suspected coronavirus cases at various clubs which has left second division Hanover and Nuremberg in quarantine.

A two-week break of German football is expected to be confirmed at a meeting on Monday.

The Premier League meanwhile said: "In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA (Football Association) and EFL (English Football League) and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority," the Premier League said.

England's upcoming friendly internationals against Denmark and Italy this month were also postponed.

Scotland became one of the last countries to respond on Friday by postponing all football "until further notice," including Sunday's Old Firm derby between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.

Poland's top-tier soccer competition is also suspended following the country's basketball and volleyball leagues.