March 7, 2020 / 1:54 AM / a month ago

Strasbourg v PSG postponed because of coronavirus - League

A face mask FFP2 and hydroalcoholic gel are seen in this illustration picture, France, March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Illustration

PARIS (Reuters) - Saturday’s Ligue 1 game between RC Strasbourg and champions Paris St Germain has been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, the French League (LFP) said on Friday.

Strasbourg’s Alsace region is one of the worst hit by the coronavirus in France, where 613 cases and nine deaths have been reported.

“Following a decree by the Bas-Rhin prefecture regarding the spread of the coronavirus, the game between Strasbourg and Paris St Germain is postponed to a later date,” the LFP said in a statement.

“We have been asked to postpone the game because 25% of the fans come from the (neighbouring) Haut-Rhin (department) where there is a cluster,” LFP general director Didier Quillot said.

It is the first Ligue 1 game to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Several other sporting events in the country have been affected.

The Paris marathon, initially scheduled for April 5, was postponed to Oct 18 and a number of cycling teams pulled out of the Paris-Nice stage race that starts on Sunday.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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