Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 matchup against Strasbourg on Saturday was postponed due to fears over the coronavirus, the club has confirmed.
The Ligue 1 leaders—currently 12 points ahead of Marseille with one game in hand—were due to travel to Strasbourg in Week 28, but their match is the first in Ligue 1 to be suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
PSG released a statement via their official Twitter account (via BBC Sport), which read: "Following an order from the Bas-Rhin authorities concerning the spread of the coronavirus, the meeting is postponed.”
Charlotte Wilkins of France 24 wrote that there had been 613 confirmed cases in the country, with nine dead as of Friday night. That report included comment from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said on Thursday that an epidemic in the country is “inevitable.”
The 2020 Paris Marathon has been suspended due to the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, and it’s believed the Paris-Nice cycling race could also be at risk of being postponed.
It’s yet to be specified when PSG and Strasbourg could play their yet-to-be rescheduled league meeting, with the latter hoping to boost their bid for European qualification.
The runaway league leaders emerged as 1-0 victors when the two teams met at the Parc des Princes in September, though Strasbourg held Thomas Tuchel’s side to a 1-1 draw when they last clashed at the Stade de la Meinau in December 2018.
PSG are scheduled to host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter, with Les Parisiens trailing 2-1 halfway through their tie.