Monday, 9 March 2020

PSG's Champions League clash with Dortmund to be played behind closed doors

A home supporter wears a face mask as he watches PSG face Dijon in Ligue 1 on February 29

Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Barcelona and Napoli also face playing in an empty stadium as their last-16 second leg at the Nou Camp next week could go the same way.

There are fears the tie could even be postponed at this late stage as French government have placed a ban on gatherings of more then 1,000 people.

The ban, which was announced on Sunday, has put the Champions League fixture in jeopardy as PSG's Parc des Princes can accommodate 48,000 spectators.

Parc des Princes has been disinfected but the government's ban following an emergency security meeting may leave the club with no choice but to postpone the fixture or play in an empty stadium.

Barcelona do not host Napoli until next Wednesday but there are doubts surrounding the fixture too.

Barcelona City Council have postponed the Barcelona Marathon from March 15 to October 25 due to the coronavirus so games at the Nou Camp are also in doubt.

Games in Italy are being played behind closed doors until April 3 as they have been badly affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The flu-like disease has killed 366 people in Italy with 7,375 infected – the highest number of confirmed infections outside China.

Meanwhile, Wolves were on Sunday night awaiting confirmation from UEFA that their Europa League match at Olympiacos would be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men play in Athens on Thursday against the Greek side who eliminated Arsenal in the previous round. But owing to concerns over the Covid-19 outbreak, the Greek government has announced sporting events will take place without spectators.

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