Premier League clubs are expecting to play some of their games behind closed doors before the end of the season, amidst fears over the spread of the Coronavirus.
The Premier League has already announced that pre-match fair play handshakes have been suspended until further notice in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 (the Independent).
They are also expected to take more precautions after revealing that it would be difficult to finish the season if even one club is hit with the virus (Independent).
The first death due to Covid-19 was confirmed in the UK this week, with 116 people reportedly contracting the virus in the country so far (BBC).
The Italian government has already banned fans from attending sporting events until April 3, while the Swiss Super League has been postponed until March 23 (talkSPORT).
The Sun now reveal that Premier League clubs might have to follow the Serie A clubs’ lead in having to play some of their games behind closed doors this season.
Premier League chiefs have apparently sent letters to all 20 clubs warning of the possibility of behind-closed-doors matches.
Everton chief finance officer Sasha Ryazantsev has also admitted that clubs might have no choice but to go down the route of playing in front of empty stadiums (The Sun).
He is quoted as saying: “It would be a forced decision rather than one we would proactively engage in. But the whole situation goes far beyond the world of sport.
“Of course nobody wants to play behind closed doors and I don’t think it’s inevitable at the moment that it will happen.
“But we feel it is quite likely it may happen in the coming weeks.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Given the seriousness of the outbreak, any action necessary to contain and slow down its spread should be fully supported by everybody. Besides, given the toxic atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in recent weeks, I am not sure the team will miss playing in front of a capacity crowd.
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