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Coronavirus: LaLiga could be behind closed doors from coming weekend

LaLiga games could be played behind closed doors from next weekend as coronavirus cases in Spain hit 1,200 on Monday.

Coronavirus: LaLiga games could be played behind closed doors
Carlos Martínez Diario AS

The coronavirus outbreak could see LaLiga matches played behind closed doors from next weekend, as the number of cases of the disease continues to rise in Spain.

LaLiga not told to play games behind closed doors yet - but that may change very soon

The Spanish league, which is to base its decisions on the reports it receives from the country's health authorities, has so far received no recommendations that LaLiga games should be played without fans present - but it is believed that this could change in the coming hours.

Speaking last week, LaLiga president Javier Tebas said the body was prepared for an escalation of the crisis, telling reporters: "We have a commission within LaLiga following the issue closely, and have drawn up action plans for different cities".

Sevilla-Roma to be played at empty Sánchez-Pizjuán

"We will only announce measures when they have been fully determined and agreed upon," said Spain's health minister, Salvador Illa, on Monday, as he confirmed that Thursday's Europa League last-16 first leg between Sevilla and Roma will be played behind closed doors at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

Meanwhile, Spanish Football Federation sources said the organsation would adhere closely to the "recommendations we receive from the government, via the health ministry or the different autonomous regions. When dealing with epidemics, we must abide by what the health authorities say."

Schools closed as coronavirus spread continues in Spain

Schools were closed in Madrid and the Basque city of Vitoria on Monday, as the number of positive coronavirus tests in Spain hit 1,200. Having been at 10 on Saturday, the death toll in the country has now climbed to 30.