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La Liga and Segunda games to be played behind closed doors for the next two weeks

Fans will not be allowed in to La Rosaleda stadium for Malaga's game against Huesca on Saturday.
Fans will not be allowed in to La Rosaleda stadium for Malaga's game against Huesca on Saturday. / SUR
  • Neither fans nor journalists will be allowed to attend Malaga's home game against Huesca on Saturday as the Health ministry looks to stop the spread of the coronavirus

Football games in Spain's top two divisions will be played behind closed doors for "at least" the next two match days as the national Health ministry takes measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

La Liga, the body which oversees the divisions, detailed its plans on Tuesday to comply with directives from the Ministry of Health and the CSD (National Sports Council) "to address their recommendations and / or decisions, putting the health of fans, players, club employees, journalists, etc. first". These will see those allowed inside stadiums limited to 100 people. Those permitted to attend include playing, medical and coaching staff, La Liga officials, anti-doping control officers, pitch maintenance staff and ball boys. Journalists will not be allowed to attend.

These games, however, will be broadcast on television, it has been announced.

These measures will mean that Malaga will play without fans present on the 32nd and 33rd match days: against Huesca (this Saturday at 4pm at La Rosaleda) and next week, Saturday 21 March, on their trip to Tenerife.