The games become the latest to be affected by the illness that has affected leagues and contests throughout the world.

Valencia’s Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash against Atalanta and Getafe’s Europa League first leg against Inter will be played behind closed doors as the epidemic of this coronavirus has impacted additional soccer matches.

After a 4-1 first-leg defeat on February 19, the Spanish side will host their Italian resistance on March 10 in the Mestalla in a game that will be played without fans from the stadium.

Meanwhile, Getafe’s Europa League round of 16 battle with Inter are also played without fans since the two matches become the latest to be affected by the coronavirus.

COVID-19 has had a significant effect on soccer, with matches throughout the world being played or postponed without fans from the stadium.

Having started initially in Wuhan, China, the illness has led to 87,000 confirmed cases worldwide and almost 3,000 deaths, with over 100 of these deaths occurring out of China.

Travel restrictions have been in effect across China while the 2020 Chinese Super League year was postponed indefinitely and the AFC Champions League has also been changed with the decision to postpone the group stage.

Italy has become the European country most affected by the outbreak, together with the catastrophe having affected all levels of Italian soccer.

Serie A rescheduled a series of games last weekend in response to the outbreak, with clashes between Juventus and Inter, Udinese and Fiorentina, Parma and SPAL, AC Milan and Genoa and Sassuolo vs Brescia being influenced. Additionally, the Coppa Italia closing has been transferred to the end of May.

But, Serie A haven’t been the only league changed as games across Switzerland at the start of March were postponed while rugby, golf, biking, sports, Formula One, tennis, boxing and other sports are affected.

In England, Manchester United signing Odian Ighalo has been made to spend the first couple weeks of his time that the club isolated from the rest of the squad following his loan move from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Valencia currently sit in La Liga, four points behind fourth-place Getafe and five points behind third-place Sevilla with Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad in between. Before confronting Atalanta, Valencia are set to take on Alaves on Friday while Getafe sponsor Celta Vigo this weekend

Atalanta, meanwhile, are set to play host to Lazio on Saturday since the club holds onto fourth place in Serie A while third-place Napoli confront a Coppa Italia battle with Napoli on Thursday before Saturday’s match against Sassuolo.


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