SOFIA: The Bulgarian Football Union has halted the sale of tickets for the Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-final against Hungary on March 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The country registered its first cases of the coronavirus at the weekend and the BFU has ordered that all league matches in the next two rounds must be played in empty stadiums.

It also suspended ticket sales the 2021 European Under-21 Championship qualifier between Bulgaria and Estonia on March 29.

A statement said: “The BFU maintains constant contact with the state authorities and UEFA and is ready to react promptly in the event of a change in situation.”

The Euro 2020 finals are scheduled to be held in June and July in 12 cities across Europe. The playoffs on March 26 and March 31 feature 16 teams chasing four slots in the 24-team finals.