La Liga Announces The Next Two Weeks Of Matches Will Be Played Behind Closed Doors

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Athletic will host Atlético Madrid without fans in attendance (AC)

With the Coronavirus outbreak increasing in intensity across Europe a number of countries have made the decision to either play football matches behind closed doors or postpone games altogether. So far La Liga has continued operating as normal but that will change this weekend. On Tuesday the league officially announced that the next two weeks of fixtures will be held behind closed doors.

For Athletic specifically, this means that Sunday’s clash with Atlético Madrid will take place at San Mamés but without fans in attendance. The same will be true for next weekend’s trip to Ipurua for a Basque Derby against Eibar.

At this point it’s uncertain if the league will extend the closures after the two weeks have passed. That decision will largely depend on the improvement or worsening of the outbreak. La Liga president Javier Thebas has also stated that he does not plan to postpone league games unless required to do so by the Spanish government.

The Spanish Football Federation are also considering different options for the Copa del Rey final which is scheduled to be played on 18 April at La Cartuja in Seville. Reports claim that the RFEF have all but ruled out playing the final behind closed doors or moving it to another location. The RFEF will meet with Athletic and Real Sociedad on 25 March to make the final plans with all parties wanting to reschedule the final to late May if the match isn’t able to be played normally.

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