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Ireland's Euro 2020 playoff in serious doubt as Slovakia bans sports for two weeks in attempt to stem coronavirus outbreak

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Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland's Euro 2020 playoff in Bratislava on March 26 is now in serious doubt after the Slovakian government this morning announced that all sporting fixtures would be cancelled for two weeks due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

With seven new cases confirmed in the east European country yesterday, Slovak officials took the stance to postpone all events for a fortnight, which places the crunch European Championship playoff under scrutiny.

Both UEFA and the Slovakian FA announced over the past week that they would take direction on future games from the respective governments.

While the Euro 2020 clash falls just outside the two-week moratorium, it remains to be seen if the Slovakian government increases this ban further.

The Football Association of Ireland are in close contact with their Slovak counterparts, and will expect an update on the tie today.

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