Spain’s La Liga soccer fixtures to be played behind closed doors for 2 weeks.

Spainish Laliga have confirmed
on Tuesday that all first and second division football matches will be staged behind
closed doors for a minimum of  two weeks
due to the coronavirus pandemic.
prcaustion measures follow the decision of the Spanish High Council of Sports
that all sporting events in Spain at state and international level should be played
without fans to control the spread of the virus.
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 statement read.
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
Madrid’s game against Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu on Friday night will be
the weekend’s first fixture affected as authorities step up drastic measures to
contain the outbreak.
local derbies will also go ahead in empty stadiums as Valencia face Levante at
Mestalla on Saturday before Sevilla host Real Betis at the Ramon Sanchez
Pizjuan on Sunday night.
far, the Spanish health authorities had confirmed more than 1,500 cases of
coronavirus on Tuesday, with the decision made on Monday to close all schools
in the Madrid area from Wednesday until the end of March.
Liga’s announcement comes after several European matches involving Spanish
teams had already been put behind closed doors.
giant “Barcelona” confirmed their Champions League tie against Napoli at Camp
Nou on March 18 would be played in front of empty stands.
Champions League game at home to Atalanta later on Tuesday and Sevilla’s Europa
League match at home to Roma on Thursday will also both be played without
Real Madrid fans will be hoping to be able to travel to England to see their
team go up against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on March 17.
Liga said there were also plans in place should any Spanish league matches have
to be suspended.
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 statement added.

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