Group phase of Asian CL to be extended due to coronavirus

Caption: RONGAN, March 1, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Workers make masks at a workshop in Aimian Village of Rongan County in Liuzhou, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, March 1, 2020. Local authorities in Rongan have been promoting mask production among poverty alleviation workshops recently, amid the battle against the coronavirus. Three workshops have been engaged in mask production with daily capacity of 30,000 masks.

Kuala Lumpur,  Representatives of the East Zone Member Associations with competing teams in the AFC Champions League 2020 have agreed to extend the dates of the knock-out rounds to allow for more time to complete the disrupted group stage fixtures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a report on the AFC’s official website, it was agreed that the group matches scheduled for March and April will be moved to May 19-20, May 26-27, June 16-17 and June 23-24.

Where matches have been agreed between two clubs, they will go ahead as planned if agreed by the other stakeholders. A full list of fixtures will be confirmed between the member associations and the clubs by March 16.

If the current unprecedented situation continues, then matches involving teams, other than clubs from Japan, can be played in July and any outstanding matches which have not been staged from Match Day 1 and 2 need to be concluded before August.