Coronavirus: La Liga Orders Matches Behind Closed Doors, Barca Champions League Game Affected

La Liga has officially announced that matches in Spain’s top two divisions will be played behind closed doors for at least the next two weeks due to coronavirus fears.

The measures come into effect from today’s (Tuesday) game between Eibar and Real Sociedad.

LaLiga acted on guidance from Spain’s ministry of health and the country’s sports council.

Barcelona’s Champions League match against Napoli on 18 March will also be played at an empty Nou Camp.

“The decision has been made strictly for health reasons,” said Joan Guix, Catalunya government’s health chief.

It is the second Spanish-Italian Champions League fixture at which supporters have been banned, following Valencia versus Atalanta on Tuesday.

Sevilla’s match against Roma and Getafe’s game with Inter Milan in the Europa League have suffered the same fate.

Paris St-Germain’s Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will also be closed to fans.

All sport in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus. The ruling includes Serie A matches but not Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions.

Manchester United’s Europa League last-16 first-leg match at LASK Linz in Austria on Thursday could also be played without fans being admitted.