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The Generalitat continues in its work to protect the population of the coronavirus and continues to analyze the celebration of the great events they will host in the autonomous community. One of the closest, will take place on March 18 and will bring together about 100,000 people with several thousand of them coming from Italy. We talk about Barça – Naples of the round of 16 Champions.
In that task, according to L’Esportiu, the Catalan government wants to shield itself with a possible massive contagion of the coronavius and make the meeting be played behind closed doors. An alternative that is (and will be) increasingly common if you want to follow the development of football and sports competitions in these times.
The Generalitat has already decided as a precautionary measure the postponement of the Barcelona Marathon, a decision accepted by the General Secretary of Sports of the Generalitat, the Department of Health, Interior, the Public Health Agency of Barcelona and the Sports Area of the Town hall; and would do the same for the Champions duel.
Although Naples is not a city in the risk zone of Italy, where 366 deaths and more than 6,000 infections have been registered, the Generalitat wants to cure itself in health, never better said, and close the Camp Noufor the meeting The Neapolitan fans already have 5,000 tickets acquired for a meeting they will not know if they can attend.
According to sources close to the club, Barça is waiting for the decision of the competent authorities, but the situation increasingly points to the duel being held without a public.
Interestingly, this will not be the first time that the Camp Nou has a closed-door survey, or in which Naples disputes a survey without a public in Spain.
The Italians already disputed in 1987 a match in these conditions at the Bernabéu after a UEFA suspension to Real Madrid. For its part, the Barca fief had no presence in the 1-O match between FC Barcelona and Las Palmas, in 2017, ensuring the safety of fans after the altercations that took place in the city.