The Premier League are considering banning people over the age of 70 from games if the rapid spread of coronavirus continues, reports say.
Games across Europe have been postponed or cancelled, with Italian football the worst hit amid a worsening coronavirus issue in the country.
There were reports last month that Liverpool might be prevented from lifting their first Premier League title as there were currently no guidelines in place on what to do if the season had to be cut short.
Sky News report the government have summoned broadcasters and sports authorities to discuss what coronavirus contingency plans were in place and what could be done if matters across the country get worse.
One idea is to ban over 70s from games, which could see Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, 78, and Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, 72, in danger of being barred from attending matches.
Ferguson is a regular at United games this season, while Hodgson was just recently handed a new deal at Crystal Palace after steering them out of a relegation battle.
People over the age of 70 are considered the age demographic most at risk of catching coronavirus.
The meeting is set to take place on Monday and the Premier League would seek for more matches to be shown on TV if games have to be played behind doors.
The Premier League have already announced a ban on the traditional handshakes before games, but fears are mounting further action will have to be taken.
With the possibility of the season being cut short, the Premier League would reportedly prefer the campaign continue behind closed doors rather than be postponed.
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