The Times is reporting that UK government bosses are planning to announce all games within England are to be played behind closed doors with immediate effect due to the coronavirus.

According to the report, the plans to shut down the stadiums for supporters could come into effect as early as today.

A meeting of the UK government’s COBRA committee is expected to move the country from the “delay” phase to the “contain” phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus has landed in the UK. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

As part of that, the newspaper reports that there will be a dramatic change to footballing events down south – something which is likely to be repeated up north.

After numbers across the UK began to touch 500 cases, there is growing panic over what comes next after major health catastrophes in China and Italy.


As part of the proposals, the Times claims that matches will not be shown in pubs to avoid people congregating and that season ticket holders will be able to stream matches for free.

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The UK government are said to be planning on implementing these proposals once the confirmed number of cases breaches 500, which is likely to be today.

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 11: (FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE) In this handout image provided by UEFA, Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain takes a freekick during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes on March 11, 2020 in Paris, France. The match is played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). (Photo by UEFA – Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

Rangers have two high-profile matches at Ibrox this week with no plans to postpone or play tonight’s tie with Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox behind closed doors.

The club are also set to welcome Old Firm rivals Celtic to the stadium this weekend with both matches set to attract crowds of over 50,000 people.

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