March 8, 2020 / 1:20 PM / 22 days ago

Soccer-Bulgarian matches to be played behind closed doors because of coronavirus

SOFIA, March 8 (Reuters) - All Bulgarian league matches in the next two rounds will be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said on Sunday, with events postponed in the hardest hit regions postponed.

The Balkan country reported earlier on Sunday its first four confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

All sporting events in Pleven and Gabrovo regions - the areas affected by the outbreak, would be postponed, authorities said. A raft of sports events globally have already been called off due to the coronavirus.

The BFU’s decision, which came after recommendations by the Black Sea state’s coronavirus taskforce, will affect the top of the table clash on March 14 between title hopefuls Levski Sofia and champions Ludogorets.

Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Alison Williams

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