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PSG Champions League match to played without fans

French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain’s Wednesday Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors because of coronavirus fears, Paris Police said in a statement on Monday.

The French government announced Sunday night that all gatherings of more than 1,000 people would be banned in light of the spread of coronavirus. The game, which is scheduled to be played in Paris’s Parc des Princes stadium, will still be broadcast on television.

In a statement, PSG said it would find a resolution for fans and season ticket holders who’ve been affected by the decision, saying they are “fully mobilized to organize the match in the best possible conditions.”

PSG's Angel Di Maria, right, walks off after being substituted by PSG's Julian Draxler during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon.

Wednesday’s match is the second straight for PSG to be impacted by coronavirus after their match against French-club Strasbourg was postponed Saturday. It is also the second overall Champions league round-of-16 match to be played behind closed doors because of the virus; Valencia’s match in Spain against Italy’s Atalanta will also be played in this manner.

Coronavirus, which is known as COVID-19, is a viral strain first detected in the Wuhan province of China on Dec. 31, 2019. In the weeks since, it has infected over 110,000 people in more than 80 countries, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, though some don’t have any symptoms, and most resemble the flu, including fever, tiredness, dry cough and aches and pains. 

As of Monday, France has 1,209 confirmed cases of coronavirus and a total 19 deaths. The worldwide death total was 3,892 as of Monday morning.



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