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​Coronavirus: French and German leagues suspended immediately

Football in France and Germany's top-two divisions has been suspended immediately because of coronavirus.

The German Football League (DFL) said there were "suspicions of a coronavirus infection in the vicinity of several clubs and their teams and that further infections cannot be ruled out".

The DFL recommended a Bundesliga 1 and 2 suspension until 2 April.

"The goal is still to end the season by the summer - from a sporting point of view, but especially because an early end of the season could have existential consequences for some clubs," the DFL statement added.

Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) - French football's governing body - suspended all Ligue 1 and 2 games earlier on Friday.

LFP said the decision was made "unanimously" by the board of directors on Friday and added, "collective interest must be placed above everything".

"The urgency today is to curb the epidemic, protect the most vulnerable, and avoid displacement," a statement said.


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