Coronavirus Disrupts French Ligue 1

Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 fixtures will be played behind closed doors until the middle of April as the French government bids to crack down on the coronavirus.

France has over 1,116 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 19 people dead already.

French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu on Monday confirmed the news that games in the country’s top flight would either be played in an empty stadium or with just 1,000 spectators – the limit set by the government for sporting events.

The decision means that affected games will include the Coupe de la Ligue final on April 4 between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon, while PSG’s visit to Marseille on March 22 in league play is also part of the process.

PSG saw its match this past weekend against Strasbourg postponed due to the virus “following an order from the Bas-Rhin authorities.”  Their Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors following guidance from police.