The coronavirus pandemic is still raising questions across sport, even with the global calendar decimated by cancelled and postponed events.

Coronavirus has, according to official figures, caused around 6,500 deaths from approximately 170,000 confirmed cases worldwide.

As the pandemic continues, there are going to be some big decisions made in the world of sport over the coming week, with UEFA's 55 members set to come together – via video conference – on Tuesday.

The fate of this season's Champions League and Europa League will be up for debate, while Euro 2020 is also to be discussed.

Here is a look at the latest developments:

 

Ahead of Tuesday's meeting with UEFA, Italian football federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina confirmed he will call for Euro 2020 to be postponed, in the hope that might allow the Serie A season to be finished in June.

This proposal will likely be backed by LaLiga boss Javier Tebas, who is convinced the top-flight season in Spain will be completed. Swiss FA president Dominique Blanc, meanwhile, has confirmed he has coronavirus.

It is not yet clear what will happen in the Premier League, with the teams set to reconvene for another meeting on Thursday and, after coming under criticism for stating that the season should be considered "null and void", West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady defended her comments.

"The Premier League and EFL are doing all we can to ensure the season is finished. Including suspending games, isolating players, and if required playing games behind closed doors and into the summer months," she wrote on Twitter.

"My point was safety of fans, players, staff come first and if the remaining games just cannot be played the only fair and reasonable thing is to declare [the] season null and void."

In a newspaper column, Wayne Rooney backed the decision to postpone fixtures in England, but criticised the Premier League and EFL for taking so long to make the call.

More players have confirmed they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay became the first LaLiga player to be named as having the illness, with the club adding four more members of the first-team playing and coaching staff had also tested positive.

Valencia's former Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala confirmed later on Sunday that he was one of those with the virus.

In Serie A, Sampdoria's Omar Colley posted a video to his official Instagram account in which he refuted his club's claim that he too had received a positive test result.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's Paul Pogba joined the raft of sports stars pledging to support people during the crisis, as he launched a fundraiser to mark his 27th birthday.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain announced they had extended the suspension of all club operations until March 18.

In the United States, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert – the first NBA player to be diagnosed with coronavirus – provided a positive update on his recovery, while also stating: "I wish I would have took this thing more seriously and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together."

Not all sport has been postponed just yet, with rugby league in both Britain and Australia continuing for now.

In Super League, Castleford Tigers ran out winners over defending champions St Helens, though in the National Rugby League (NRL), Melbourne Storm's Cameron Smith called for the competition to be suspended.

Round two is set to go ahead next week, albeit behind closed doors, while New Zealand Warriors have elected to remain in Australia rather than return to Auckland, where they would have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Castleford Tigers moved level on points with Wigan Warriors at the top of Super League after they triumphed 28-14 against defending champions St Helens.

With rugby league – for now – continuing despite sporting events and competitions across the globe being postponed due to coronavirus, it was the Tigers who impressed in Sunday's solitary Super League fixture.

After a bright start, Castleford were up and running 12 minutes in, Peter Mata'utia bursting through following fine work from Danny Richardson, who subsequently added the extras against his former club.

Mata'utia turned provider for Derrell Olpherts eight minutes later, with the latter then doubling his tally with a superb diving finish in the corner, though Saints' Tommy Makinson reduced the deficit to 10 points at half-time.

Having played the last 10 minutes of the first half without the cautioned Matty Lees, Saints lost Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook to the sin bin shortly after the restart, with Cheyse Blair extending the Tigers' advantage.

Jack Welsby crossed for Saints, but Jake Trueman soon delivered another Castleford score as the Tigers clinched a fifth win in seven outings.

Luke Thompson's late try was no more than a consolation effort for Saints, who have now lost three times this season to sit in sixth place.

Marc Sneyd slotted through a 40-metre drop-goal in golden-point extra time to give Hull FC a 27-26 victory over Wakefield Trinity in Super League on Friday.

Half-back Sneyd added a pair of penalties to tries from Mahe Fonua, Jamie Shaul and Kieran Buchanan as Hull went into half-time with what appeared a comfortable 14-point lead.

However, Jay Pitts crossed and Ryan Atkins - making his 100th appearance for Wakefield - touched down his second of the game to reduce the arrears as Wakefield mounted an impressive fightback.

Albert Kelly went over for Hull after the hour mark but a Tom Johnstone double levelled the scores late on, with Max Jowitt failing to convert either try.

Hull punished Jowitt's error, with Sneyd ensuring they left with the two points in the additional period.

Blake Austin scored a last-minute drop goal to give Warrington Wolves a 9-8 victory over Castleford Tigers, who would have gone top with a win.

Warrington consequently joined Hull and St Helens in mid-table on six points, with defending champions Saints having gone down 12-10 at home to Huddersfield Giants.

Castleford Tigers moved top of the infant Super League table with an impressive 28-8 victory at Hull KR, which saw Daryl Powell earn a 300th win of his coaching career.

Rovers started well and struck first at Craven Park when Ben Crooks scored his seventh try of the season after meeting Joe Keyes' cross-field kick.

The Tigers were wasteful early doors until Michael Shenton finished after Paul McShane made the initial break.

Ryan Brierley kicked a two-pointer to pull Hull back in front, but his sin-binning for a cynical and illegal block on Grant Millington preceded Cas scoring 22 unanswered points.

Danny Richardson first slotted the resulting penalty and then scored his first try for the Tigers, and James Clare finished acrobatically in the corner before Mike McKeeken finished the comeback.

The Tigers consequently top the table having played five matches, while Rovers are second bottom having won just once.

Castleford Tigers retained the bragging rights in their local derby with Wakefield Trinity as they claimed a 32-15 victory in Super League on Friday.

Aiming to end a 13-match losing streak in competitive matches against the Tigers, Trinity started brightly and, despite handing Castleford a way back into the match, took a 15-14 lead into the break thanks to Tom Johnstone's excellent try and Jacob Miller's drop-goal.

But Trinity were brushed aside early in the second half after James Batchelor was sin-binned – Castleford running in three tries in the space of 13 minutes to wrap up the points.

Warrington Wolves bounced back from their defeat at Wakefield as they overcame a second-half scare to beat lowly Toronto Wolfpack 32-22.

Gareth Widdop scored his first try for Warrington as the Wolves took control, but Jon Wilkin and Andy Ackers struck back for injury-hit Toronto before half-time.

The comeback looked on when Matty Russell and Gareth O'Brien combined to restore parity, only for Ben Murdoch-Masila's try to move Warrington clear in the closing stages.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield Giants moved top of the table as they made it three wins from three with a convincing 22-4 away triumph over Hull Kingston Rovers.

Louis Senior and Lee Gaskell put Huddersfield 10-0 up in the first half, with the Giants – despite losing James Gavet to injury – moving further ahead through Paul Clough and Suaia Matagi before Ben Crooks grabbed a consolation for Rovers.

Catalans Dragons insist a rainbow flag was only ordered to be removed at their match against Castleford Tigers as it was covering advertising boards, although the Rugby Football League (RFL) is taking time to investigate.

There were reports of rainbow flags, a representative symbol of LGBT pride, being taken down following Israel Folau's Catalans debut.

Former union star Folau was playing for the first time since he was sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) last May for posting homophobic comments on social media.

The Dragons say they have analysed footage of the incident and have offered an explanation, adamant pro-LGBT banners are welcome at their stadium.

"Catalans Dragons are happy to confirm that supporters flags are welcome in all the stands at Gilbert Brutus Stadium," a statement read.

"We noted the complaints of certain Castleford supporters but, having reviewed the CCTV footage and numerous photos in the media, we can confirm that supporters were able to display their flags and colours throughout.

"However, it is important that flags and banners do not cover advertising boards. Stadium security staff are briefed to ensure that advertising boards are kept clear throughout the game.

"The investigation found that one person was asked to remove a flag because it was covering an advertising board. 

"The only banners and flags forbidden in our stadium and other sports stadia would be those which are insulting or inciting violence.

"We can confirm that no such incidents were reported on Saturday during our match against Castleford."

However, the RFL is not yet closing the case.

A short statement read: "We thank Catalans Dragons for instigating their own investigation, but we will need time to consider all the available evidence before reaching any conclusions."

Folau scored an early try on his first rugby league outing since 2010, helping Catalans defeat Castleford 36-18 in Perpignan on Saturday.

Super League is investigating a claim from a Castleford Tigers fan that they were asked to remove a rainbow flag during Israel Folau's debut for Catalans Dragons.

Folau scored an early try on his first rugby league outing since 2010, helping the Dragons defeat Castleford 36-18 in Perpignan on Saturday.

It was Folau's first appearance since he was sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) last May for posting homophobic comments on social media.

A Tigers supporter at the venue revealed on Twitter they had been told they were not allowed a rainbow flag, which represents a symbol of LGBT pride.

A widely reported Super League statement read: "Everyone should have the right to respectfully express their views. We are investigating.

"We will receive a full report by the end of this weekend and have more details on Monday."

A Dragons spokesperson added: "Rainbow flags are not banned at our club. It is not forbidden. We are gathering more information about what happened."

Catalans' signing of Folau sparked plenty of controversy and Super League clubs voted to have "greater authority to stop controversial signings" earlier this month.

Folau reached a financial settlement with RA in December before switching codes to pen a one-year deal with the Dragons.

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara praised the player for handling the scrutiny surrounding him on debut.

"Well I've just congratulated him on that [media scrutiny] downstairs because it is different," he said. 

"It is different for this area, this region to have journalists from around the world chasing players around in cars and following people. 

"All the other bits that go with it, for the players to deal with that and come up with a performance like that is a credit to them.

"For him to play his first game of rugby league and only train for 10 days with the team in total, to come up with that sort of defensive performance really gives us encouragement going forward with him.

"I knew he was ready to play. I said I wouldn't risk him if he wasn't. There was no way we were going to do that just because it was a home game."

Israel Folau scored a try six minutes into his Super League debut and the outstanding Sam Tomkins grabbed a hat-trick as Catalans Dragons beat Castleford Tigers 36-18 on Saturday.

All eyes were on Folau in his first rugby league match for a decade after he switched codes last month to make a controversial move to Perpignan.

Folau said he considered retirement after being sacked by Rugby Australia last May for posting homophobic comments on social media before joining Catalans in January.

The dual-code international, starting at centre, made up for lost time by rising to take a high kick from James Maloney and dotting down after Tomkins had already opened the scoring at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Folau showed his strength in the air, holding another up-and-under following a juggling act, but came down just short of the line as Catalans continued to show plenty of attacking threat.

Samisoni Langi touched down for a third Dragons try, which Maloney converted, but tries from Derrell Olpherts and Cheyse Blair meant the Tigers were very much in it when trailing 20-12 at half-time.

Castleford were unable to contain Tomkins, though, the livewire full-back finishing nine minutes into the second half before darting inside to seal his treble towards the end of the contest.

Fouad Yaha also went over for Steve McNamara's men and Folau lasted the distance, showing some eye-catching touches in a promising start to his return to the 13-a-side format.

However, the 30-year-old will know he may not be in for such a warm welcome when Catalans travel to face Hull FC in their next outing.

Israel Folau made up for lost time by scoring a try just six minutes into his Catalans Dragons debut in the Super League clash with Castleford Tigers.

Folau said he considered retirement after being sacked by Rugby Australia last May for posting homophobic comments on social media before switching codes to join Catalans in January.

The dual-code international - who settled a legal dispute with Rugby Australia over his dismissal in December - had to wait for his Catalans bow, but made a quick impact after his controversial move was ratified by the Rugby Football League.

Folau got on the end of an up and under to touch down in the corner early on at Stade Gilbert Brutus after Sam Tomkins had put Catalans in front with a try just three minutes in on Saturday.

The 30-year-old started at centre in his first rugby league match for a decade. 

Israel Folau will make his Catalans Dragons debut in the Super League encounter with Castleford Tigers on Saturday.

The dual-code international joined Catalans in January after being sacked by Rugby Australia last May.

Folau had his contract terminated for a "high-level breach" after he posted that hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" on Instagram. He had been warned over previous online posts in 2018.

The 30-year-old - who settled a legal dispute with Rugby Australia over his dismissal in December - had to wait for his Catalans bow after his move to Perpignan was ratified by the Rugby Football League.

However, he is selected at centre for the fixture against the Tigers at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Danny Houghton scored a try on his 350th appearance for Hull FC in a pulsating 25-16 derby win over Hull KR and Castleford Tigers claimed an impressive Super League win over Wigan Warriors.

Long-serving captain Houghton got on the end of a Marc Sneyd grubbler kick to score in the first half at a raucous KCOM Stadium on Friday.

Houghton's score and Jake Connor's early try gave Lee Radford's men, who started the season with a 30-4 thumping of Leeds Rhinos last Sunday, a slender 12-10 lead at half-time.

Rovers had been in front following tries from Harvey Livett and Adam Quinlan and they led again when Ben Crooks dotted down for a sensational 51st-minute score. 

Two tries in the space of seven minutes from Sneyd and Josh Griffin made it advantage FC. Sneyd added a late drop goal as City rivals Rovers were beaten after a victory over Wakefield Trinity in their opening match of the campaign. 

Castleford also made it two wins out of two, Derrell Olpherts and Cheyse Blair going over in a 16-12 defeat of Wigan at The Jungle. 

Sonny Bill Williams was unable to help Toronto Wolfpack enjoy a winning start to life in Super League, the Canadian side going down 28-10 to Castleford Tigers.

Toronto – only formed four years ago – marked their debut in the top flight by scoring an early try, Liam Kay getting on the end of a grubber kick in the first of two games played at Headingley on Sunday.

Williams was on the bench at that stage and the New Zealander, who last played in the 13-man code in 2014, endured an inauspicious start following his introduction to proceedings, knocking on with his first touch.

Castleford recovered quickly after falling behind, Greg Eden, Grant Millington, Adam Milner and Michael Shenton all scoring tries before the break.

Peter Mata'utia crossed in the second half for the Tigers before a long-range interception try for Toronto's Hakim Miloudi, who celebrated by doing a somersault to ground the ball over the line.

In the final fixture in the opening round of the new season, Hull FC eased to a 30-4 victory over Leeds Rhinos in the pouring rain.

Ratu Naulago grabbed two of Hull’s five tries, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Bowden and Jamie Shaul also going over as the visitors produced an impressive performance.

Ash Handley touched down for an unconverted try for Leeds, but the Rhinos – who flirted with the prospect of relegation last season before eventually finishing eighth – were soundly beaten.

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