Perth Glory are among the teams whose AFC Champions League campaign could be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak ©Getty Images

Rescheduling of matches in the East region of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League because of the coronavirus outbreak in China is among the options set to be considered at an emergency meeting tomorrow.

The AFC has called the meeting - due to take place at the AFC's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and set to be attended by representatives from Member Federations, leagues, clubs and commercial agencies - after countries in the region began imposing travel restrictions on people travelling from China.

It also follows the World Health Organization declaring the outbreak a global health emergency.

According to latest figures, 362 people have been killed by the coronavirus and more than 17,000 have been infected.

Four Chinese teams - Beijing FC, Shanghai Shenhua, Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG - are due to take part in the AFC Champions League.

Travel restrictions placed on foreign nationals entering Australia from China has thrown the scheduling for the competition into doubt.

Perth Glory and Sydney FC are due to host Chinese teams in their opening matches, leading Football Federation Australia to warn the AFC that it will not be possible for the games to go ahead as scheduled.

Countries have placed restrictions on foreign nationals from mainland China in response to the coronavirus crisis ©Getty Images
Countries have placed restrictions on foreign nationals from mainland China in response to the coronavirus crisis ©Getty Images

Perth Glory's match against Shanghai Shenhua on February 11, and Sydney FC's encounter with Shanghai SIPG the following day could be impacted.

"As the governing body for football in Asia, the AFC is determined to protect the competition and make proper and appropriate plans, including but not limited to the rescheduling of matches in the East zone," the AFC said.

The AFC Futsal Championship in Turkmenistan, scheduled to run from February 26 and March 8, is among the latest sporting events to be postponed because of the outbreak.

The decision was taken "in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all participating teams and stakeholders", the AFC said.

New dates for the tournament will be finalised "when the situation stabilises".

A host of sports events have either been cancelled, postponed or moved amid the outbreak, including Group B of the AFC Women’s Olympic Football Qualifying Tournament, relocated from Wuhan - where the virus originated - to Nanjing and then to Sydney.