Roy Hodgson may be banned from attending Premier League games due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is a serious issue at the moment.

Thousands of people across the world have been affected and countries are doing all they can to limit the spread.

Football has been massively affected, too.

Numerous games in Italy have been postponed in the past few weeks and they recently announced all Serie A games will be played behind closed doors for at least a month.

And now, with the Coronavirus in the UK, the Premier League are taking action. They have already banned pre-match handshakes.

And it has now emerged that the Premier League are considering banning over 70s from attending games.

The elderly are at serious risk if they contract the virus and so they could be banned to minimise  the likelihood of them contracting COVID-19.

“The Premier League is prepared for the possibility that Public Health England will advise that some fixtures this season will have to be played behind closed doors, as has been the case in other European leagues like Italy and Morocco,” Sky News’ sports correspondent Martha Kelner said.

“It is understood that the preference in the case of advice that the season be postponed or played behind closed doors would be that it continues without fans permitted inside stadiums.

“The league is also considering other possible contingency plans.

“That may include advising against, or even a possible ban, on over 70s – the demographic considered to be at highest risk from the spread of COVID-19 – coming inside stadiums.”

If that is the case, then Roy Hodgson could be affected.

The Crystal Palace manager is the oldest in the league at 72 years old.

If the Premier League did introduce a ban, it could well prevent him from attending games for a period of time.

Of course, this isn’t all set in stone at the moment. Sports authorities and broadcasters have been summoned by the government for discussions on coronavirus contingency plans, with the meetings set to be held in London on Monday.

If the rule is put in place, we can’t imagine the former England boss being best pleased.

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