Coronavirus: UEFA Cancel Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Juventus vs Lyon

Manchester City’s last-16 second leg Champions League tie against Real Madrid, scheduled for Tuesday 17 March, has been postponed.

UEFA took the decision after the Real Madrid squad went into quarantine because of coronavirus after a basketball player at the club tested positive for the virus.

The second leg of Juventus’ last-16 tie against Lyon also on the same date has been postponed after defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for the virus.

The entire Juventus squad will spend two weeks in quarantine as a consequence.

On Thursday the Italian giants said 121 people, including football players, staff members, directors, entourage and Juventus employees are “observing a period of voluntary home isolation, in compliance with the requirements of the health authorities based on the provisions currently in force”.

A UEFA statement said: “Following the quarantine imposed on players of Juventus and Real Madrid, the matches will not take place as scheduled.”

City’s Premier League game with Arsenal became the first to be impacted by the virus after it was postponed on Wednesday as a precautionary measure.

Arsenal’s players and staff had come into contact with Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis who has coronavirus.

Pep Guardiola’s side hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg against Real at the Bernabeu on 26 February, while Juventus trail Lyon 1-0 after the first leg in France.