March 13, 2020 / 11:37 AM / 21 days ago

Norway's FA says it cannot host Serbia in Euro qualifier playoff due to coronavirus

(Reuters) - The Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) said on Friday that it did not plan to hold Norway’s Euro 2020 playoff match against Serbia that was scheduled for March 26 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The match was initially intended to be played without spectators in attendance but new quarantine provisions will rule Norwegian players competing outside the country out of the fixture.

“We have informed UEFA, referring to the Norwegian authorities,” NFF general secretary Pal Bjerketvedt said in a statement.

“An extension of the quarantine provisions on Thursday also means that most of the players in contention (for the squad) will be placed in the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Norway, and thus not available.

“What the NFF has no control over is whether the match on March 26, the playoff round and the European Championships will be cancelled or postponed. We’ll only know this after a clarification in a telephone conference in UEFA.”

European soccer governing body UEFA is holding a crisis meeting on Tuesday where they will consider all options for the next period, including possibly postponing the Euro 2020 tournament scheduled for June and July.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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