Portsmouth await Leasing.com Trophy news as coronavirus fears increase

The fate of Pompey’s Leasing.com Trophy final should today become a little clearer as coronavirus fears heighten.

Monday, 9th March 2020, 10:02 am
Updated Monday, 9th March 2020, 10:28 am

As it stands, the Blues have sold in excess of 50,000 tickets for the April 5 encounter with Salford at Wembley.

However, the coronavirus outbreak has cast concerns whether such public events will now go ahead as planned.

Today, sports governing bodies and broadcasters are scheduled to meet with government officials to debate the staging of events behind closed doors should the situation worsen.

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To be hosted by the government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in London, the meeting will explore the practicalities of sporting events taking place without supporters, if required.

As of Sunday, three people in Britain have died from coronavirus, with 278 people testing positive.

The Premier League is expected to come under the microscope at today’s meeting, with the potential to play games behind closed doors in the forthcoming weeks.

Beyond that, Wembley is booked to host the Leasing.com Trophy final on April 5.

Pompey will have at least 50,000 fans present at Wembley for the Leasing.com Trophy final on April 5 - as it stands. Picture: Joe Pepler

And the ongoing coronavirus crisis could possibly also impact on that Pompey occasion.