The Atletico Madrid boss has instructed fans to stay at home and as far as possible during the current outbreak. Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone known for people to stay home in Spain to stop the spread of coronavirus and protect “all those around us”.

La Liga and Segunda matches are postponed for at least the next two matchdays in efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19, which proceeds to disrupt sport throughout the planet.

“I wanted to send you a message of consciousness,” Simeone said in a video message submitted to Twitter.

“From my house, I invite you to follow the path determined by the experts, caring for ourselves and all those around us. Let us stay home.”

There have been over 5,000 cases of coronavirus in Spain, with over 100 deaths.

Globally, over 5,400 people have died from the virus after over 145,000 cases.

Although they had lost just four games, 12 pulls ensured they were put no higher than sixth, a point behind fourth-placed Real Sociedad, with Barcelona two points clear atop the desk, 13 distant from the capital side.

Their fortunes in Europe, however, was better.

On Wednesday, they radically qualified for the quarter-finals of this Champions League by twice coming from behind to defeat Liverpool 3-2 in Anfield after extra-time, with Marcos Llorente the protagonist as he netted twice.

When or even if this competition concludes, however, it is uncertain since UEFA has acted to postpone the next legs of next week’s last-16 matches amid the global health scare.

Meanwhile, the next legs of the other ties, which were expected to take place next Thursday, have also been placed on hold.

All of Europe’s major leagues are suspended due to the outbreak of the most recent coronavirus, while football hasn’t been the only game touched.

Big events all over the world, including the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Australia and the Masters golf in the USA have been cancelled or postponed in an effort to slow the virus’ spread.