The European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) board has confirmed the suspension of this season's Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup as well as postponing the semi-finals and finals.

Four quarter-final ties on 4 and 5 April, including Leinster and Ulster's fixtures against Saracens and Toulouse respectively, had already been postponed last week as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

But now the EPCR board has added the finales of its flagship continental competitions which had both been due to take place in Marseille in May.

The Heineken Champions Cup final had originally been scheduled to take place on 23 May at the Stade Velodrome, with the Challenge Cup decider having been due to be played at the same stadium the day before.

"In making the decision, the Board is abiding by the official directives and recommendations of the relevant authorities in its territories to restrict the COVID-19 pandemic," the EPCR board confirmed in a statement.

"In light of the earlier postponement of its quarter-final matches and with fixtures in Europe’s professional league competitions currently suspended due to the public health crisis, EPCR believes it necessary to provide as much clarity as possible to all stakeholders regarding the knockout stagesof its tournaments.

"To that end, EPCR is working with the leagues and unions to resructure a conclusion to its season as part of a wider rescheduling of the remainder of the season in Europe, with all contingencies underpinned by the requirement to protect the health and welfare of players, club staff, match officials, supporters and the wider rugby community. EPCR remains committed to completing the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season, and it is planned to reschedule the quarter-final and semi-final matches, as well as the Marseille finals, in line with fixtures in the professional league competitions, subject to advice from government and local authorities.

"Tickets already purchased for the Marseille finals will be valid for the new dates when announced,and from that point, fans who are unable to attend on the new dates will be entitled to a refund."