Coronavirus: PSG vs. Dortmund Champions League tie to be played without spectators

PSG’s Neymar during a game in the French city of Lyon, on March 4, 2020.
PSG’s Neymar during a game in the French city of Lyon, on March 4, 2020. REUTERS - BENOIT TESSIER
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Paris Saint-Germain were ordered to play Wednesday's home Champions League tie against German club Borussia Dortmund behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak, police said.

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The match will be held without spectators in order to conform with measures adopted by the government to cope with the spread of the virus, a police statement said on Monday.

Wednesday's game in Paris will be the first match with no fans at the Parc des Princes in 10 years. The last time it happened, in March 2010, the decision was taken following crowd trouble during a match between PSG and French rivals Marseille.

PSG, which lost the first leg 2-1, said it took note of the decision and said the club remains “fully mobilized to organize the match in the best possible conditions."

France, with more than 1,100 cases and 19 deaths, has banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, the health minister said.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and AFP)

 

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