BELGRADE, March 13 (Reuters) – The Serbian government will order all soccer games to be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Friday.
“We will officially announce a crowd ban at soccer games at a government session at 1300 hours (1200 GMT),” Brnabic told a news conference after Serbia’s health ministry said there had been 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.
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BELGRADE, SERBIA – MARCH 01: Zeljko Gavric of Crvena Zvezda competes against the opposite player during the Serbian Super League match between FK Crvena Zvezda and FK Partizan at the stadium Rajko Mitic on March 1, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/Mb Media/Getty Images)
Red Star Belgrade, the 1991 European Cup winners, had earlier on Friday decided to slash ticket prices for Saturday’s home game against Napredak Krusevac to 75 dinars ($0.75) for all sections of the 56,000-seater stadium.
The move was intended to celebrate the club’s 75th anniversary. Red Star, the winners of a record 30 league titles, top the first division table on 66 points from 25 games, 11 more than bitter city foes Partizan.
Related Slideshow: Events that have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic (Provided by Photo Services)
The global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease has led to the suspension of several events around the world. Here is a look at some events, including Coachella and NBA, that have been either canceled or rescheduled.
(Pictured) Peru’s Alianza Lima and Argentina’s Racing Club play a Copa Libertadores soccer match in an empty stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 12, 2020.
Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir, Bahrain)
Status: Delayed Original dates: March 20-22 New dates: TBD
Queen Elizabeth II’s trips (Cheshire and Camden in England)
Status: Delayed Original dates: March 19 and 26 New dates: TBD
Status: Delayed Original date: April 26 New date: Oct. 4
(Pictured) Brigid Kosgei of Kenya crosses the line to win the Women’s Elite race during the Virgin Money London Marathon in London, England, on April 28, 2019.
Masters Tournament (Augusta, Georgia, US)
Status: Delayed Original dates: April 9-12 New dates: September/October
Vietnam Grand Prix (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Status: Delayed Original dates: April 3-5 New dates: TBD
New York International Auto Show (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Delayed Original dates: April 10-19 New dates: Aug. 28-Sept. 6
Wales vs Scotland – Six Nations Rugby (Cardiff, Wales)
Status: Delayed Original date: March 14 New date: TBD
(Pictured) Wales’ Gareth Anscombe (L) is tackled by Scotland’s Byron McGuigan during the Six Nations international rugby union match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 9, 2019.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Indio, California, US)
Status: Delayed Original date: April 10-12 and April 17-19 New date: Oct. 9-11, Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25 (Stagecoach)
Tomorrowland Winter (Huez, France)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 14-21
South by Southwest (Austin, Texas, US)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 13-22
(Pictured) Actress Olivia Wilde speaks onstage during the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) event.
Ultra Music Festival (Miami, Florida, US)
Status: Delayed Original dates: March 20-22 New dates: March 26-28, 2021
Sun Valley Film Festival (Idaho, US)
Status: Delayed until 2021 Original dates: March 18-22
Tribeca Film Festival (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Delayed Original dates: April 15-26 New dates: TBD
Montclair Film Festival (New Jersey, US)
Status: Delayed Original dates: May 1-10 New dates: TBD
GLAAD Media Awards (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Canceled Original date: March 19
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (Los Angeles, California, US)
Status: Delayed Original date: March 22 New date: TBD
(Pictured) Cast of “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” performs onstage at 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Juno Awards (Saskatoon, Canada)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 15
Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne, Australia)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 12-15
Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai, China)
Status: Delayed Original dates: April 17-19 New dates: TBD
(Pictured) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after winning the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix on April 14, 2019.
NBA 2019-20 season
(Pictured) San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (R) celebrates as he scores against the Dallas Mavericks during an NBA basketball game on March 10, 2020.
NHL 2019-20 season
(Pictured) Mikhail Sergachev (L) of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings in action during an NHL game in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on March 8, 2020.
NCAA (Winter and spring championships)
(Pictured) Officials sanitize seats at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., on March 12, 2020.
Status: Canceled for six weeks until April 20 Affected events: Miami Open; the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston; the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, Morocco; the Monte-Carlo Masters; the Barcelona Open; the Hungarian Open in Budapest.
(Pictured) Dominic Thiem of Austria stretches to play a forehand during ATP World Tour Finals in London, England, on Nov. 16, 2019.
Status: Delayed until April 3
Pearl Jam (Canada, US)
Status: Delayed Original dates: March 18-April 19 New dates: TBD
(Pictured) Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at Wembley Stadium in London on July 6, 2019.
Ciara (Opening of USO Fort Hood in Texas, US)
Status: Delayed Original date: March 19 New date: TBD
Maluma – 11:11 World Tour (Europe)
Status: Delayed New date: TBD
Khalid – Free Spirit World Tour (Asia)
Status: Delayed New dates: TBD
BTS – Map of the Soul Tour (Seoul, South Korea)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: April 11, 12, 18 and 19
Mariah Carey (Honolulu, Hawaii, US)
Status: Delayed Old date: March 10 New date: Nov. 28
Kiss – End of the Road Tour (Tulsa, Oklahoma; Biloxi, Mississippi; Lafayette, Louisiana, US)
Status: Delayed Original date: March New dates: Oct. 4, 6 and 7, respectively
Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water Tour (China, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan)
Status: Delayed Original dates: April 23 to May 24 New dates: TBD
London Book Fair (London, England)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 10-12
Ali Wong – The Milk & Money Tour (San Antonio, Texas, US)
Status: Delayed Original date: March 14 New date: Aug. 15
Mobile World Congress (Barcelona, Spain)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: Feb. 24-27
The Metropolitan Opera (New York City, New York, US)
Status: Canceled performances and rehearsals planned through March 31
Zac Brown Band – the Owl Tour (spring leg)
Status: Delayed Original dates: March 13-April 25 New dates: TBD
St. Patrick’s Day Parades (All major cities)
Status : Canceled in several cities such as London, New York, Dublin, Boston, Denver, Chicago and Pittsburgh among others
CinemaCon (Las Vegas, Nevada, US)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: March 30-April 2
Electronic Entertainment Expo (Los Angeles, California, US)
Status: Canceled Was scheduled for: June 9-11
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Cleveland, Ohio, US)
Status: Delayed Original date: May 2 New date: TBD