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J1 League can be delayed until April, says Japanese media

J1 League can be delayed until April, says Japanese media

Due to the risks of being infected by the coronavirus outbreak, the J1 League can be postponed until the end of April.

Two weeks ago, all J1 League matches were postponed in response to the coronavirus outbreak in Japan. Considering the current situation, the JFA decided to delay indefinitely until having more information which helped them re-open the games.

That decision was made right after the first fixture of the J1 League ended when Sanfrecce Hiroshima was temporarily leading the league table.

However, from the perspective of Former Vietnam team head coach Toshiya Miura, Yokohama F Marinos still has a great chance to defend the league title.

Miura is also optimistic about the position of Consadole Sapporo, the team that Thai Messi Chanathip Songkrasin is playing for. He believes his former club to finish the 2020 J1 League season in the 5th place, higher than that of Vissel Kobe (7th).

Japanese teams that compete in the AFC Champions League such as FC Tokyo, Vissel Kobe, and Yokohama F Marinos still play normally.

In terms of international players who play for Japanese clubs, they can be isolated for 14 days after leaving Japan, which makes them unable to represent the national teams.

Moreover, after seeing the risks of being infected from the coronavirus outbreak, FIFA also decided to delay all matches in the World Cup qualification round until the end of 2020.

At the moment, Europe is also suffering from the coronavirus outbreak, especially in Germany, England, Italy, and France.