Champions League: Barcelona's fixture against Napoli to be played in empty stadium due to coronavirus outbreak in Spain

Barcelona said no fans will be allowed in to watch the match at Camp Nou on 18 March. The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg in Italy.

The Associated Press March 10, 2020 17:33:42 IST
Champions League: Barcelona's fixture against Napoli to be played in empty stadium due to coronavirus outbreak in Spain
  • Barcelona's Champions League match against Napoli will be played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak, the club said Tuesday

  • The Spanish club said no fans will be allowed in to watch the match at Camp Nou on 18 March

  • Spain's health minister on Monday announced a sharp spike in coronavirus cases in and around Madrid, and said all schools in the region will close for two weeks from Wednesday

Barcelona: Barcelona's Champions League match against Napoli will be played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus outbreak, the club said Tuesday.

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The Spanish club said no fans will be allowed in to watch the match at Camp Nou on 18 March. The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg in Italy.

Tuesday's Champions League game between Valencia and Atalanta in Spain also will be played in an empty stadium. Two Europa League matches in the country also have been affected — Sevilla vs Roma on Thursday and Getafe vs Inter Milan on 19 March.

Spain's health minister on Monday announced a sharp spike in coronavirus cases in and around Madrid, and said all schools in the region will close for two weeks from Wednesday. There were more than 1,200 confirmed cases in Spain on Monday, with 28 deaths and 74 people in intensive care.

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