China has postponed nationwide football matches over the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Chinese Football Association said on its website on Thursday that it put off the 2020 football season at all levels to protect the health of fans, clubs, players, coaches, referees, and media staff from this pandemic virus.

The federation stated that it will go on to cooperate and communicate with national authorities to determine the schedule and fixtures, considering the development of the coronavirus.

The Chinese football’s governing body added that it respects and is thankful to the medical staff, who struggle to prevent this pandemic,

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