Spain want Italian teams behind closed doors

The Spanish Minister of Health confirmed Valencia-Atalanta, Barcelona-Napoli, Sevilla-Roma and Getafe-Inter should be played behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Minister of Health Salvador Illa made the announcement this evening, although at this stage it is only a recommendation.

The first leg of Atalanta’s Champions League tie ended 4-1 at San Siro and the return in the Round of 16 is set for Tuesday March 10.

Since that game was played, the spread of the Coronavirus has intensified, particularly in the Lombardy region, where Atalanta are based.

Inter Milan is also in Lombardy, so their Europa League trip to Getafe would be affected.

The change is in news Sevilla-Roma is involved, because Rome is not one of the areas that has been affected by the spread of the illness.

Neither has Naples, yet the second leg of the Barcelona-Napoli Champions League Round of 16 is also mentioned as a potential game behind closed doors.

If the Spanish games are to be played behind closed doors, it is likely the Italy-based fixtures would be subjected to the same restrictions.

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