La Liga clubs in Spain have been ordered to be play without fans for at least two weeks in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, the Spanish league said on Tuesday.

The decision was taken in conjunction with the Spanish government’s sports council (CSD)’s decision that professional and non-professional sports events and competitions should take place behind closed doors.

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“According to information from the High Council of sports, La Liga Santander and La Liga SmartBank (second division) matches will be played behind closed doors, starting today and for at least the next two weeks,” La Liga said in a statement.

“La Liga will continue to be in permanent contact with the Ministry of Health and the CSD to follow its recommendations and/or decisions, prioritising the health of fans, players, club employees, journalists etc. due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

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“For weeks, La Liga has been working on alternative plans in coordination with UEFA in case health authorities decide to suspend any match, creating a plan to play these matches.”

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Spanish giants, Barcelona have also confirmed that its Champions League clash with Napoli next week will be played behind closed doors, while Valencia’s game with Atalanta will also go ahead without supporters in attendance.

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