As the COVID-19 coronavirus sweeps across Europe, so do the preventative measures designed to try to slow its spread.
One of the most common ones we’re starting to see implemented everywhere — including probably in the Premier League soon — is to hold matches in empty stadiums, without pulling together large congregations of fans. (As a corollary, at least as far as this measure’s implementation might go in England, pubs and other such public gathering places will be prevented from showing the games as well.)
French Police have for example already confirmed that Wednesday’s Champions League Round of 16 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund in Paris will be held behind closed doors, and the same measures are expected for many of the other games coming up.
As relayed by our friends at BFW, the Bavarian government is set to ban all large-scale events (1000+ attendees) until at least April 10, which would include the Chelsea match next Wednesday, the 18th of March.
It should be noted that this is not yet official, so if you do have a ticket and a flight to Munich for this match — in which Chelsea would surely need a couple miracles to advance from a 3-0 hole — maybe don’t cancel those plans just yet.
Unlike in Italy, there is currently no threat of complete suspension or cancelation of football in Germany or in Europe, but if the situation continues to escalate, more drastic measures will surely be considered as well.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
The Free State of Bavaria will reportedly soon announce a ban on large-scale events until at least April 10th on account of the #Coronavirus: it would #Bayern vs Chelsea in the #UCL and #FCBSGE in the #Bundesliga. @FCBayernUs @FCBayernEN #ChampionsLeague https://t.co/jeo6Mkqmhl— Bavarian Football Works (@BavarianFBWorks) March 9, 2020