Chinese Super League start postponed due to coronavirus
Domestic football at all levels in China has been postponed in order to help control the spread of the virus, which has claimed more than 130 lives.
The Chinese Super League (CSL) has been postponed following the Chinese Football Association's (CFA) announcement amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Domestic football at all levels in China has been postponed in order to help control the spread of the virus - a SARS-like condition - which has reportedly claimed more than 130 lives.
The CSL was scheduled to get underway on February 22, with Guangzhou Evergrande looking to defend their title.
"The Chinese Football Association will continue to maintain close communication with national authorities, determine the timing of each season's events in combination with the actual development of the epidemic situation and make reasonable adjustments to the system, schedule, and scale of some events when necessary," a statement read on Thursday.
"Relevant information will be released in time through the official channels of the CFA.
"On behalf of the majority of football workers across the country, the Chinese Football Association pays deep tribute to all medical workers and staff who are currently struggling in the frontline of epidemic prevention and control!"
World Indoor Athletics Championships also postponed
Evergrande, the major sponsor of the eight-time Chinese Super League champions, has donated 200 million yuan (29 million US dollars) to Wuhan, the central Chinese city which is on lock-down to curb the spread of a deadly coronavirus pic.twitter.com/0VFWSOtm8e— Xinhua Sports (@XHSports) January 26, 2020
It comes after the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing were also postponed until next year because of fears surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.
There have already been casualties in China as the virus spreads across the globe, and the World Health Organisation called for global action to combat the deadly outbreak on Wednesday.
Fabio Cannavaro's Guangzhou Evergrande dethroned Shanghai SIPG in 2019, finishing just two points ahead of Beijing Guoan.
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