Inter-Getafe and Valencia-Atalanta behind closed doors

UEFA have acknowledged Valencia-Atalanta and Inter-Getafe will be played behind closed doors, but made no reference to Juventus-Lyon, Roma-Sevilla or Barcelona-Napoli.

“Following decisions taken by authorities in Italy and Spain respectively, and related to measures regarding the COVID-19 virus, two UEFA club competition matches will go ahead next week as scheduled, but behind closed doors,” read a statement from UEFA.

“They are the Champions League, Round of 16, second leg Valencia v Atalanta on March 10 and Europa League, Round of 16, first leg Inter v Getafe on March 12.

“UEFA Youth League matches which are scheduled to take place in Italy next week will also be played behind closed doors, in accordance with decisions taken by the Italian authorities.

“Any further update regarding other UEFA competition matches will be published on in due course.”

There are other teams involved in European competition who could be affected by the ban on sporting events due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

It is not yet known if Roma and Napoli fans will be able to travel to Sevilla and Barcelona respectively, or if Juventus-Lyon and Roma-Sevilla will be behind closed doors.

It’s surprising that there has been no mention, because both Juve-Lyon in the Champions League and Roma-Sevilla in the Europa League fall within the April 3 deadline.

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