Coronavirus – Ligue 1 games to be behind closed doors or limited to 1,000 fans

Ligue 1 matches will either be played behind closed doors or the number of fans will be restricted to 1,000 as part of the measures being put in place to curb the coronavirus menace.

The Minister of sport Roxana Maracineanu made this confirmation after heading a meeting on Monday where discourse was made on plans to combat the outbreak.

It can be recalled that Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Strasbourg originally scheduled for last Saturday was postponed due to the virus. Meanwhile, the second leg of their UCL round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors with supervision from the police.

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PSG’s games against Nice and Marseille in Ligue 1, as well as the Coupe de la Ligue final against Lyon set for April 4 will be affected. France already has 1,116 confirmed cases of the virus and 19 people have died.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin last week called on people not to obsess over dark scenarios as UEFA had considered the virus’ ramifications for the Champions League.

“We are dealing with it and we are confident we can deal with it,” he said.

“You don’t know how many big concerns we have: we have security concerns, political instability and one is also the virus.

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“Let’s try to be optimistic, not think about dark scenarios – there’s time for that later.”

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