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Barcelona, Napoli match to be played behind closed doors

March 10, 2020
Lionel Messi

Barcelona’s crunch Champions League showdown with Napoli will be played behind closed doors in the latest high-profile event to be hit by the coronavirus crisis.

La Liga giants tweeted on Tuesday morning: “The Champions League match scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, between FC Barcelona and Napoli, will be played at Camp Nou behind closed doors.”

The first leg ended 1-1 after Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Dries Mertens’ strike. The away goal gives Barcelona the advantage in the tie who will be aiming for a spot in the quarter-finals.

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Last night the Italian Prime Minister enforced a nationwide lockdown in a bid to battle the virus. Italy has also banned all sports until April 3 – meaning there will be no Serie A games for the better part of a month.

It appears though that Italian teams competing in Europe will play on, with this fixture still going ahead.

UEFA have yet to release a plan on how other games and its competitions will be affected.

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