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Coronavirus: LaLiga to be played behind closed doors for at least two weeks

  • Spanish authorities have decided to continue the domestic football calendar for now, but fans will not be permitted to attend matches.
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Modified 10 Mar 2020, 17:42 IST
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Matches in LaLiga and the Segunda Division will be played behind closed doors for at least the next two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Spanish authorities took the decision following a meeting early on Tuesday before advising league officials.

In a statement, LaLiga said it "will stay in constant contact with the Ministry of Health and CSD (High Council of Sport) to learn their recommendations and/or decisions" going forward.

It is expected the measures will come into effect as soon as Tuesday's LaLiga match between Eibar and Real Sociedad at Ipurua.

Osasuna had earlier suspended ticket sales for the game against Sociedad on Sunday, with a message on their website telling fans to await further updates.

The news comes after Barcelona announced that their Champions League last-16, second leg against Napoli will be held behind closed doors next week.

However, as of early on Tuesday, there were no plans to hold Liverpool's match with Atletico Madrid at Anfield this Wednesday without fans present.

Some of the LaLiga matches to be affected are the derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, Atletico Madrid's trip to Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid's home match with Valencia and Barcelona games against Real Mallorca and Leganes.

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Spain had jumped to 1,024 on Monday, close to double the number recorded on Sunday. Twenty-eight people have died.

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In Madrid - where there are 782 confirmed cases - and in the Basque country, all schools and universities have been closed in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Published 10 Mar 2020, 17:42 IST
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