Barcelona’s Champions League spherical of 16 return match in opposition to Napoli on March 18 has been ordered to be performed behind closed doorways due to the coronavirus outbreak, each golf equipment introduced Tuesday.
“The Champions League match scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, between FC Barcelona and Napoli, will be played at Camp Nou behind closed doors,” the Spanish giants mentioned on Twitter.
Two different Champions League matches — Tuesday’s tie between Valencia and Atalanta in Spain, and Wednesday’s Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund match — are scheduled to be performed in empty stadiums in efforts to curb the unfold of the killer virus.
PSG’s match on the Parc des Princes was pressured behind closed doorways after the French authorities introduced a ban on all gatherings of greater than 1,000 folks in a rustic the place 1,412 circumstances of COVID-19 infections have been recorded and 25 deaths.
The announcement was intently adopted by the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Eire scheduled for Saturday in Paris.
Spanish membership Valencia’s match in opposition to Atalanta was thought-about excessive danger and ordered behind closed doorways as a result of the Italian facet come from Bergamo within the Lombardy area, one of many areas of Italy most affected by the virus.
Italy, Europe’s worst-hit nation with 9,172 circumstances and 463 deaths, on Monday banned all sporting occasions till April three, suspending all Serie A soccer fixtures.
Barcelona mentioned the match could be performed with out spectators according to suggestions from the regional Catalan authorities.
The choice was taken following a gathering between membership officers and Catalan medical employees earlier Tuesday.
“The decision was taken on medical grounds,” Catalonia’s well being chief Joan Graux mentioned following the assembly.
Napoli, in the meantime, have been pressured to disclaim press studies that they’d requested for the match to be postponed.
“Napoli abides by decisions taken by the Italian government and UEFA.” the membership tweeted, describing the studies as faux information.