Story By: Joseph Golder, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
France’s Sports Minister has said that Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund could take place “behind closed doors”.
The revelation was made by minister Roxana Maracineanu during a press conference following a meeting to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the country’s sporting events and the procedures to put in place.
She said that the Champions League match would “at the very least take place” and that it could be “behind closed doors” but cautioned that “we will need to see how the situation evolves.”
Maracineanu said that the ministry discussed the upcoming Summer Olympics and the Paralympics, as well as rugby, volleyball, football and basketball events.
Regarding the Champions League matches, involving Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Borussia Dortmund on 11th March, and Lyon and Juventus Turin on 17th March, Maracineanu said that the PSG match would “at the very least take place.”
UEFA is reportedly considering holding it behind closed doors, with the minister saying it was “a hypothesis for the time being, it is too soon to decide.”
Regarding the Olympique Lyonnais match, the decision will reportedly depend on the Italian authorities.
PSG are seeking to overturn a 2-1 defeat suffered in Dortmund to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
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