Ukraine's Nations League away match against Switzerland was called off on Tuesday after the visitors were put into quarantine by local health authorities due to a spate of COVID-19 cases.

The Group A4 match in Lucerne was in doubt from the moment Swiss regional health officials declared their decision regarding the Ukraine travelling party.

Three Ukraine players tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday and there were four further positives announced on Tuesday - affecting Ruslan Malinovskiy, Sergei Kryvtsov, Junior Moraes and a member of the coaching staff.

Kryvtsov and Moraes had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and had antibodies in their system that prevented reinfection, the Ukrainian Football Association (UAF) said.

Ukraine press officer Oleksandr Hlyvynskyi said in a statement: "UEFA informed the Ukrainian Football Association that 'due to the competent decision of the Department of Health of the Canton of Lucerne to quarantine the entire delegation of the national team of Ukraine, the UEFA Nations League match Switzerland - Ukraine cannot take place'.

"Note that UEFA, UAF and the Swiss Football Association are ready for the match, but the ban [issued by] local authorities cancels all hopes of football organisations to hold the game.

"The decision on the future of the match will be made by UEFA."

The Swiss FA also confirmed the match would not go ahead, saying the Ukrainians could not produce a replacement team to contest the fixture.

Ukraine were sitting third in the group ahead of the final round of fixtures, with Switzerland winless from five games and bottom on three points.

Norway's Nations League clash with Romania on Sunday was also called off after Norwegian health authorities banned the team from travelling due to a positive coronavirus case.

FIFA has confirmed the Club World Cup will take place in February 2021, rather than December this year.

The annual event, which is being staged in Qatar, is traditionally held at the end of the year and had been scheduled to begin next month.

However, FIFA said that is not feasible because of "the disruptive effect of the pandemic on the confederations' continental club championships that serve as a pathway for the event".

It will instead be staged from February 1 to February 11.

European champions Bayern Munich and Al-Duhail, the 2019-20 Qatar Stars League winners, are the only confirmed participants so far.

The 2021 tournament will be the last before the expanded competition, which is due to replace the Confederations Cup on the football calendar, is first held in China.

FIFA also confirmed the 2020 Under-20 and Under-17 Women's World Cups have been cancelled after stakeholders raised concerns about staging the tournaments.

The events had been postponed until early next year because of the impact of the pandemic.

FIFA said the 2020 hosts – Costa Rica for the Under-20 tournament and India for the Under-17s – will now have hosting rights moved to the 2022 competitions.

France have been awarded a 28-0 bonus-point win over Fiji in the Autumn Nations Cup after their match was called off due to coronavirus complications.

The two teams had been set to meet in Vannes last Sunday in the new tournament, a replacement for the scrapped autumn internationals due to the global pandemic. 

Three days before the game, Fiji revealed two members of their travelling party had tested positive for COVID-19 and the contest was cancelled the following day when a further four cases affecting close contacts in the squad were reported.

Fiji's match with Italy in round two - set to take place in Ancona on Saturday – remains under review, with a decision likely after additional rounds of testing.

"Whilst no fault has been apportioned to Fiji Rugby, the competition rules provide that if a team is primarily responsible for a match not taking place, a 28-0 victory will be awarded to the opposition that could have played the match," Six Nations Rugby, who are organising the competition, said in a statement.

"We wish the affected Fiji players well as they continue their recovery and are working closely with the Fiji team, to ensure that they are able to field a competitive team against Italy." 

France will belatedly play their first match when they face Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Luis Suarez has tested positive for coronavirus and is set to miss Atletico Madrid's LaLiga clash with his former club Barcelona.

The 33-year-old will also sit out Uruguay's World Cup qualifier with Brazil on Tuesday after contracting COVID-19 while away with his national side.

Uruguay confirmed in a statement on Monday that Suarez and team-mate Rodrigo Munoz, as well as backroom staff member Matias Faral, are all following coronavirus protocols.

The news comes five days before Suarez was set to take on Barcelona, the club he left for a nominal fee in September after six years at Camp Nou.

He has played nine times for Atletico since joining and has five goals in six LaLiga outings. Only Real Sociedad's Mikel Oyarzabal has scored more, having played a further three games.

Suarez's six league goals have come from 22 shots, eight of which were on target, both of which are the most of any Atletico player this season.

Speaking to Marca this week, Suarez reiterated his disappointment at being forced out of Barcelona during the most recent transfer window.

"I was sad and hurt by the way I left – I already said it," he admitted. "But when they close a door, five more open to you where they value my work, professionalism and trajectory. I feel proud. 

"Where they did not want me, there was another that wanted me. I found happiness and I'm enjoying this moment now."

England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed he contracted coronavirus last month, though he has since recovered.

Reports emerged prior to Sunday's 2-0 Nations League loss to Belgium that Southgate had tested positive for COVID-19.

After England's hopes of reaching the Nations League Finals were ended by Group A2 leaders Belgium, Southgate revealed the positive coronavirus test.

"I did have the virus," Southgate told reporters. "I was fortunate it was not as serious as so many people in our country but not pleasant, not something you'd choose to have but everything is fine now."

Southgate's England needed at least a draw to ensure their chances of topping Group A2 remained alive going into their final game against Iceland.

However, first-half goals from Dries Mertens and Youri Tielemans put Belgium on track for a win that leaves them needing just a point in their final group game against Denmark to reach the Finals.

It was England's 10th defeat in 48 matches under Southgate – making him the first manager to lose 10 games with the Three Lions since Sven-Goran Eriksson, who lost 10 of his 67 fixtures in charge.

England also suffered back-to-back competitive internationals losses for the first time since tasting three consecutive defeats between July and September 2018.

Andrea Belotti dedicated Italy's 2-0 win over Poland to Roberto Mancini as the Azzurri coach continues to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. 

A Jorginho penalty and Domenico Berardi's late strike secured a comfortable victory for Italy on Sunday, taking them to the top of Nations League Group A1 with one match remaining. 

Another win against already relegated Bosnia–Herzegovina on Wednesday will guarantee Italy a spot in next year's finals of the tournament, while a point would be enough should Poland draw with the Netherlands. 

Mancini is in isolation at his home in Rome but Torino striker Belotti – who won the spot-kick from which Jorginho opened the scoring and also drew two fouls which saw Jacek Goralski receive a red card – hailed the spirit in Italy's squad. 

"We are like a family, so coming back here is like a father embracing his son," Belotti told RAI Sport. 

"That's how we all feel when we come on international duty, we just need to look each other in the eyes to know what we're doing. 

"We dedicate this win to the coach, and also to everyone else who is self-isolating at this moment. 

"We heard from him before the game, knew how sad he felt not to be here, so the dedication is for him."

Italy dominated from the off, amassing 19 attempts on Poland's goal in total, with the visitors failing to test Gianluigi Donnarumma at the other end. 

Jorginho's penalty meant that, for the first time since Opta began recording such data in 2008, Italy have converted three successive spot-kicks, while Berardi's effort came at the culmination of a 30-pass move – the longest sequence leading to a goal in a Nations League match. 

Poland's talisman Robert Lewandowski cut a particularly frustrated figure, the Bayern Munich star managing just two touches in Italy's box, with his only effort coming in the 88th minute – a hopeful long-range punt which sailed harmlessly over. 

Mancini's assistant Alberico Evani told RAI Sport: "It's our culture, Italians give their best during difficult moments and become more united. 

"It's what I asked of these lads before the game and they were extraordinary, we stand by the attacking principles of football and Roberto has been working on them for two years. 

"When you stick with it, in the long run, you are rewarded. I spoke to him [Mancini] at half-time, he said we deserved a few more goals, so we need to be a little more efficient upfront, but the overall performance was good."

Milan coach Stefano Pioli has tested positive for coronavirus, the club has confirmed.

Pioli was "promptly placed in quarantine" on Saturday and Milan cancelled a training session that was due to be held.

The Milan boss is asymptomatic, and all other tests undertaken returned negative results.

A club statement read: "Stefano Pioli tested positive for a quick swab carried out this morning. The competent health authorities informed, the coach, who is asymptomatic, was promptly placed in quarantine at home.

"All other swabs carried out on the group were negative. Training has been cancelled. Subject to federal protocol, the team will resume training in view of the match against Napoli on Monday."

The Rossoneri sit two points clear at the top of Serie A and are unbeaten in 19 league matches.

Milan are scheduled to face Napoli at the San Paolo next Sunday.

The Golden State Warriors have submitted a plan that aims to reopen Chase Center at 50 per cent capacity for the 2020-21 NBA season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A December 22 start date for a 72-game regular season, not the usual 82-game schedule, has been tentatively approved following the COVID-19-hit 2019-20 campaign.

The NBA season was shut down in March before resuming behind closed doors at the Orlando bubble in July, with the Los Angeles Lakers claiming the championship in October.

As teams prepare for the new campaign, Warriors owner Joe Lacob is aiming to allow spectators back into the venue in San Francisco amid vigorous testing.

"I not only want to get this done and show the world how we can do it now, I'm willing to spend the money to do it," said Lacob.

"This is a serious, serious problem. It cannot go on for multiple years ... because if this were to go on for several years, the NBA is no more.

"You cannot sustain this league with no fans. You can do it for a year. We'll all get by for a year. But suppose we're in this situation next year.

"Now we're talking some serious, serious financial damage to a lot of people."

Lacob added: "Let us prove the concept. Let us use our money, our resources, our seven-eight months of work, our expertise to prove the concept. That's what I'm trying to get the state, the city and the government to entertain.

"This [rapid PCR] test is orders of magnitude more accurate than the [rapid antigen] test at the [White House] Rose Garden event. This is the best you can do. A lot of people don't even know these tests exist yet, and they are ramping them up.

"By springtime, the rapid PCR tests will be manufactured in amounts nearing 100,000 per day by some of these companies. But I'm trying to show the world, trying to show the sports world in particular, and California, a way to do this. A safe way to have people come to an event and be totally safe walking in that building. The numbers bear it out."

The Warriors endured a forgettable 2019-20 season, missing the playoffs.

With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson injured, and Kevin Durant off to the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors finished with a 15-50 record.

Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Croatia. 

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) announced Brozovic's COVID-19 result on Friday, along with a member of staff, and confirmed he is in self-isolation. 

Additional testing took place prior to Saturday's Nations League clash with Sweden after Croatia defender Domagoj Vida returned a positive test in Istanbul on Wednesday. 

"The test results showed two positive results, for the national team member Marcelo Brozovic and a staff member of the national team," a statement read. 

"Both were immediately isolated from the other members of the national team. Inter were informed of the positive test."

Vida was informed of his positive test during the midweek showdown with Turkey. 

The 31-year-old played in the first half before being withdrawn at half-time of the thrilling 3-3 draw. 

Croatia – runners-up at the 2018 World Cup – are third in League A Group 3, seven points adrift of Portugal and France. 

Brozovic has made seven Serie A appearances this season and 10 across all competitions for Inter, scoring once. 

Inter – winless in four matches in all competitions – are seventh in the league and five points behind leaders Milan ahead of the November 22 visit of Torino.

France's opening Autumn Nations Cup match has been cancelled due to a further four positive coronavirus cases involving opponents Fiji. 

The two teams had been set to meet in Vannes on Sunday in the new tournament, a coronavirus-enforced replacement for the scrapped autumn internationals due to the global pandemic. 

However, Fiji, who on Thursday revealed that two members of their travelling party had tested positive for COVID-19, have now reported further cases affecting close contacts with the squad. 

Without any room in the schedule for the fixture to be rearranged, the result will be decided on Monday, with the likely options a 0-0 draw or a 28-0 bonus-point win for France. 

Fiji's match with Italy in round two - set to take place in Ancona on November 21 - is also now placed into doubt.

"This was a difficult and disappointing decision, but it was the only possible outcome following today's test results," Ben Morel, chief executive of tournament organisers Six Nations Rugby, said in a statement.

"Whilst we've all been eagerly awaiting this match, the welfare of our players and their support teams remain our number one priority.

"In this instance, it is impossible for the Fijians to field a competitive team and we have no other option but to cancel this match. I want to thank the Fijian and French Unions for their collaboration and wish the impacted athletes a speedy recovery."

Wissam Ben Yedder has withdrawn from the France squad ahead of their final Nations League group games after testing positive for coronavirus.

After being informed of a positive COVID-19 result on Thursday, Monaco attacker Ben Yedder did not participate in training and began his period of isolation.

France have not called up a replacement ahead of their meeting with Portugal in Lisbon on Saturday and home game against Sweden on Tuesday.

Ben Yedder posted on Twitter: "Thank you for your messages… a lot of disappointment of course but I trust the team to do the job. Above all, protect yourself and pay attention to yourself."

Les Bleus are level on points with Portugal in Nations League Group A3 but sit second due to an inferior goal difference.

Didier Deschamps will be hoping his side can bounce back from a shock 2-0 loss to Finland on Wednesday when they take on European champions Portugal.

Ben Yedder played 57 minutes from the start in that match but failed to register a single shot on target or create a chance for a team-mate.

Monaco are due to face Ligue 1 leaders and defending champions Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Louis II next Friday.

Only Kylian Mbappe (seven) and Boulaye Dia (eight) have scored more in Ligue 1 this season than Ben Yedder's six goals.

Ben Yedder has had a hand in 29 goals (24 scored, five assisted) since the start of the previous top-flight season; only Mbappe has been involved in more goals (25 scored, nine assisted).

Ederson will start Brazil's World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, while Gabriel Menino has been cut from the squad after testing positive for COVID-19.

Tite picked Weverton as his goalkeeper for the opening two qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru, with Ederson an unused substitute as Alisson missed out due to a shoulder injury.

Alisson returned to the squad for Friday's meeting with Venezuela and Tuesday's clash with Uruguay, but it is the Manchester City keeper who has got the nod from Tite.

"We have three great goalkeepers. Weverton played last time and comes in after a good sequence at Palmeiras. He played two very good games," said Tite.

"I spoke with the three of them personally, together with [goalkeeper coach Claudio] Taffarel. Alisson is an excellent goalkeeper. We have Ederson, who is experiencing a great technical and physical moment."

Tite also confirmed there will be starts for Allan, Everton Ribeiro and Gabriel Jesus, with Casemiro and Philippe Coutinho not in the squad due to coronavirus and injury respectively. Neymar, meanwhile, is being rested in the hope he can recover from a left leg issue to feature in Uruguay.

The Brazil boss is set to have one fewer option at right-back, however, after Menino was found to have contracted COVID-19, despite testing negative upon his arrival at the Granja Comary base on Monday.

"In the tests carried out yesterday, Gabriel Menino tested positive for COVID-19. All other players in the group tested negative," Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar explained.

"It is important to note that, on Monday, when the players arrived, all members of the delegation were tested and the results were negative.

"We have already informed the medical department of Palmeiras. The player is asymptomatic, is already isolated and has been cut from the squad.

"All protective measures are being taken. We will perform a new round of tests before our trip to Uruguay, after the game [against Venezuela]."

Menino has played the bulk of the 2020 Campeonato Brasileiro season as a central midfielder and leads Palmeiras in terms of assists (three), duels won (91) and touches (920).

The 20-year-old has made 286 successful passes in the opposition half – the second most among his team-mates – and ranks third at Palmeiras in terms of dribbles completed (22) and tackles (34) this term.

Head coach Tite insisted there is no barrier to Brazil taking the field to face Venezuela and he is unsure whether a replacement for Menino will be drafted in.

Tite said: "The doctor will speed up the other tests. In the meantime there is no problem for us to play. Roughly speaking, the information given to us – for all players and coaching staff – was that.

"These are challenges that all national teams have faced. The selection had a greater number than are actually here, either due to injury to the COVID-19 problem.

"But opportunities arise. Pedro was called up … but there are also other opportunities for high-level players to come and show themselves.

"The first reaction was to say: 'Man, what a pity for Gabriel Menino, and we are all at risk.' The pandemic is not over. That is not an opinion, it is fact. We have to be very careful."

Valentino Rossi will be able to take part in this weekend's Valencia Grand Prix after being given the all-clear for coronavirus.

Seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi had appeared in danger of missing a third race in four after media reports suggested the Monster Energy Yamaha rider had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.

But his team set the record straight on Thursday, revealing he has been given the green light to feature in Valencia.

The factory Yamaha team confirmed Rossi's test on Tuesday returned a result that was deemed "positive with very low viral load" the next day.

The Italian was recommended to take another two tests for greater clarity, which were conducted on Wednesday and Thursday and both came back negative.

Rossi was allowed to travel to Valencia between the latter two tests and, following the all-clear on Thursday, he joined up with his team again.

A team statement read: "Today, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi received confirmation that he will be able to take part in this weekend's Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

"Following a weakly positive PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result received on Tuesday November 10, Valentino Rossi had to have two further PCR tests done (on November 11 and 12), as per FIM regulations, in order to be allowed to take part in the upcoming Valencia GP.

"Both follow-up tests came back negative for the COVID-19 virus, confirming Rossi's attendance for this race weekend."

Rossi was absent for back-to-back races in Aragon last month after contracting the virus.

He then looked set to miss the European Grand Prix last weekend as he tested positive again, only to be cleared following two negative results.

Rossi is due a change of fortune, as his return was cut short by a technical issue.

The Football Association (FA) has asked the British government to grant Iceland a travel exemption to ensure England's Nations League fixture goes ahead at Wembley on November 18.

A new travel ban on non-British visitors arriving from Denmark has left Wednesday's match shrouded in uncertainty, as Iceland are set to face the Danes in Copenhagen three days earlier.

The measures have been put in place in an attempt to get the coronavirus infection rate under control.

While media reports indicated the FA has been exploring the possibility of playing the match in Albania or Germany instead, English authorities are still looking to reach an agreement with the government that would see the game played at Wembley as planned.

A statement published on Thursday has seen the FA issue a public plea to the country's lawmakers, outlining their agreements with Iceland and emphasising the fact elite footballers are being frequently tested for COVID-19.

The statement read: "We have asked government to consider allowing us to play our final Nations League match at Wembley, by giving travel exemption to the Icelandic team subject to strict medical protocols.

"The Icelandic team will have played Denmark in Copenhagen and therefore would be subject to a travel ban.

"While in Denmark they will have been under strict UEFA protocols in a sporting bubble and will be PCR tested before travelling to England. The PCR test picks up the Cluster 5 variant.

"We have agreed with the Icelandic team that they arrive on private charter to a private terminal and will only have access to their hotel and the stadium.

"We will also put in place additional testing over and above the multiple tests normally required for each participant and staff at the match.

"We are not asking for this support to help us have home advantage in this competitive international match, although of course that would be helpful. We are not asking for this support to avoid a huge cost from playing an England home match in Germany, although we can ill afford the financial penalty at this time.

"The priority must be health, which is why we are asking for this support. We believe it's in the better interests of the England team and support staff to play at Wembley Stadium rather than have international travel at this time - and then play the match under the same UEFA protocols against the same opposition, but in a different country.

"We understand the optics of an exception at a time when industries such as hauliers are not allowed to travel to Denmark. However, international footballers are amongst the most tested people on the planet and we will even conduct extra tests to go beyond the highest standard.

"We ask the government to follow the advice of their public health experts as to whether the match is safe to host in the UK and we believe an exception is justified and in the best interests of the England team."

Ahead of England's final two Nations League Group A2 fixtures, of which the Iceland match is second, England are level on seven points with Denmark, two adrift of leaders Belgium. Iceland have lost all their first four matches.

Barcelona have failed to reach an agreement with players over a salary reduction.

The LaLiga giants are seeking to reduce their wage bill amid a "serious financial problem" due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Barca say COVID-19 has caused a reduction in revenues of more than €300million for the 2020-21 season, with the club requiring a salary adjustment of €191m.

But talks between Barca and representatives of the players – and a group of corporate workers – ended on Wednesday without an agreement.

"Today, November 11, after several days of intense meetings, and the negotiation was exhausted, the parties have ended the consultation period without reaching an agreement," part of a statement from the club read.

The statement said parties had given themselves a deadline of November 23 to consider whether a deal can be struck.

Reports have suggested Barca want to cut the wages of their top earners, including Lionel Messi, by 30 per cent.

Barca are believed to have one of the highest wage bills in Europe, and the likes of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal left the club in the close season.

Ronald Koeman's side are eighth in LaLiga, nine points adrift of leaders Real Sociedad but having played two fewer games.

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