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France-Ireland Six Nations clash postponed due to coronavirus fears

France during its Six Nations game against Scotland in, Edinburgh, Britain, on March 8, 2020.
France during its Six Nations game against Scotland in, Edinburgh, Britain, on March 8, 2020. REUTERS - Russell Cheyne

The Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland was postponed Monday in a move aimed at preventing the coronavirus from further spreading.

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French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said the decision was taken after discussions with tournament organizers and the French rugby federation.

The match was due to take place on Saturday at the Stade de France. A new date for the game has yet to be announced.

Earlier, Paris police said the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund will be played without fans. Maracineanu said it was not possible to postpone the soccer match because of the “crowded” calendar.

France has banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people. The country reported 1,200 cases of the virus as of Monday, the second largest number of cases in Europe after Italy.

So far, 21 people in France have died. Protests, exams and public transport could be exempt from the ban on large gatherings.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

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