Stoke City trio has international friendly called off due to coronavirus



Wales’ friendly against the United States has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It comes after the US Soccer Federation released a detailed document explaining the cancellation of upcoming matches, which includes the fixture with Ryan Giggs’ side, which was scheduled for Cardiff on March 30.

Giggs had been due to name his squad next Wednesday and although Stoke City star Joe Allen is injured, Adam Davies, James Chester and Sam Vokes would expect to be involved.

Jonathan Ford, FAW chief executive, said: “We are disappointed to see any postponement or cancellation of matches but understand that the health and safety of all fans, players and stakeholders are paramount.”

At present, Wales’ fixture with Austria at the Liberty Stadium on March 27 is still taking place.

FAW chiefs are continuing to monitor the situation closely with UEFA, the Welsh and UK Governments and related agencies.

The US have also called off friendlies against Holland, Australia and Brazil.

US Soccer chief medical officer George Chiampas said: “With the health of our players, coaches, staff and fans as our main priority, US Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the majority of our upcoming domestic and international camps at all levels, including our senior men’s and women’s national team games in March and April, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

“We have been in communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local departments of public health, and after those conversations and continuously monitoring the situation, we strongly believe this is the best decision considering the ongoing worldwide health situation.”





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