Spain’s La Liga confirmed on Tuesday that first and second division soccer matches might be staged behind closed doorways for no less than two weeks because of the coronavirus.
The measures observe the choice of the Spanish Excessive Council of Sports activities that every one sporting occasions in Spain at state and worldwide degree needs to be performed with out followers to restrict the unfold of the virus.
“According to information from the High Sports Council (CSD), La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank matches will be played behind closed doors from today and for at least the next two weeks,” a La Liga assertion learn.
“La Liga will remain in permanent contact with the Ministry of Health and the CSD to meet their recommendations and/or decisions, and put first the health of fans, players, club employees and journalists during the health crisis of COVID-19.”
Actual Madrid’s recreation in opposition to Eibar on the Santiago Bernabeu on Friday night time would be the weekend’s first fixture affected as authorities step up makes an attempt to include the outbreak.
Two native derbies can even go forward in empty stadiums as Valencia face Levante at Mestalla on Saturday earlier than Sevilla host Actual Betis on the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday night time.
Spain had registered greater than 1,500 circumstances of coronavirus on Tuesday, with the choice made on Monday to shut all colleges within the Madrid space from Wednesday till the top of March.
La Liga’s announcement comes after a number of European matches involving Spanish groups had already been put behind closed doorways.
Earlier on Tuesday, Barcelona confirmed their Champions League tie in opposition to Napoli at Camp Nou on March 18 could be performed in entrance of empty stands.
Valencia’s Champions League recreation at dwelling to Atalanta in a while Tuesday and Sevilla’s Europa League match at dwelling to Roma on Thursday can even each be performed with out supporters.
Nonetheless, Actual Madrid followers might be hoping to have the ability to journey to England to see their group go up in opposition to Manchester Metropolis on the Etihad Stadium on March 17.
La Liga mentioned there have been additionally plans in place ought to any Spanish league matches need to be suspended.
“For weeks, La Liga has been working on alternative plans in coordination with the UEFA in case the health authorities decide on the suspension of any matches, with dates to ensure fixtures are played within established deadlines,” the assertion added.