The crucial qualifying playoff game between Slovakia and the Republic of Ireland has now been confirmed to be played behind closed doors.

Slovakian FA President Ján Kovácik confirmed the game would go ahead but no supporters would be allowed into the stadium in Bratislava as the Slovakian government announced a 14-day suspension of all sporting events in the country.

This will be disappointing to the strong 2,200 irish supporters who bought a ticket to cheer on the boys in green. Refunds will be given to those who purchased these tickets.

With the Coronavirus taking hold across every EU country it may not take long before many national leagues may need to follow suit. Serie A was the first league to play games behind closed doors. There are now worries about leagues across Europe not being able to fulfil their fixture lists and also the possibility that Euro 2020 could be called off.