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England’s under 20 international with old adversaries Germany at Colchester United’s JobServe Community Stadium, has been claimed by the Coronavirus threat.
More than 5,000 tickets had been sold for the match at the U’s home, scheduled for Monday, March 30.
Amidst the concerns, the Essex County FA have announced that all affiliated football would be suspended – including the BBC Essex Senior Cup final also due to be played at Colchester on Tuesday, March 31 – between Dagenham & Redbridge and Billericay Town.
A statement posted on www.essexfa.com explained:
‘Following the Government’s announcement today (Monday) about the Coronavirus outbreak, recommending for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, and in-line with Football Association advice, the Essex County FA are suspending all affiliated football in Essex for the foreseeable future.
‘This suspension includes all matches (including friendlies) and training sessions until further notice. Throughout this recent period, since ‘COVID-19 has affected England, The FA and the Essex County FA have taken Government advice, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all.
‘Both will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time. The FA are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review.’