Timeline of the coronavirus outbreak's impact on football

Birighton's Premier League fixture with Arsenal at the Amex this Saturday is due to go ahead but the spread of coronavirus around the world is having a major impact on the football calendar.

Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain is challenged by Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund during the Champions League round of 16 second leg match. The match is played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19
Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain is challenged by Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund during the Champions League round of 16 second leg match. The match is played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19

Manchester City's match against Arsenal was the first Premier League casualty and sporting fixtures across Europe have been postponed or played behind closed doors.

Here's how the events have unfolded.

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January 30 - China's domestic football season - including its lucrative Super League - is postponed.

Arsenal players are in self isolation ahead of the match against Brighton

February 4 - Asian Champions League matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG, are postponed until April.

February 13 - Manchester United's new signing Odion Ighalo trains away from the club as a precautionary measure following his arrival from China.

February 23 - Serie A matches in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto are postponed, along with matches in the lower leagues.

February 25 - Five Serie A matches, including Juventus at home to Inter Milan, are ordered to be played behind closed doors. Japan's J-League is suspended.

February 29 - The five Serie A matches due to be played in empty stadiums are called off at short notice. They are rescheduled for Wednesday, May 13, with the Coppa Italia final moved back a week to May 20.

March 1 - Sampdoria v Verona is postponed.

March 3 - The Italian Cup semi-final second leg between Juventus and AC Milan in Turin is called off. The return leg of the other last-four tie, between Napoli and Inter Milan, is also postponed.

March 5 - The Premier League bans pre-match handshakes. It is also announced that Valencia's Champions League last-16 tie at home to Atalanta, on March 10, will be played behind closed doors.

March 6 - In France, Paris St Germain's fixture at Strasbourg is postponed.

March 8 - UEFA bans pre-match handshakes between players and officials in all its competitions.

March 9 - It is announced that PSG's Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors, along with Olympiacos v Wolves and Sevilla v Roma in the Europa League. The Asian qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup, scheduled for later in the month, are postponed.

March 10 - Nottingham Forest confirm their owner Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Olympiacos, has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

European matches including those involving Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona are ordered to be played behind closed doors, as is the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia on March 26, and all matches in the top two divisions in Spain and France.

Wolves' request to have their fixture at Olympiacos postponed is turned down by UEFA. Northern Irish champions Linfield confirm a member of their squad has tested positive for the virus.

March 11 - Manchester City's Premier League match with Arsenal is postponed with a number of Gunners players in self-isolation following their tie against Olympiacos. Arsenal players are expected to return to action in the Premier League against Brighton.

March 12: Brazil’s first two qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup have been postponed because of the coronavirus. Juventus said their defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for the virus.