The Ministry of Health will meet this Tuesday with the Barça and the Directorate General d’Esports to decide if the match against Naples of March 18 (corresponding to the round of 16 of the Champions) will be held behind closed doors at Camp Nou. Large agglomerations, such as a football match, increase the risk of contagion of coronavirus.
Thus, the department directed by the ‘consellera’ Alba Vergés will meet with the football club within the framework of the Territorial Civil Protection Plan of Catalonia (Procicat), in which other ‘conselleries’ will also participate, such as Interior.
Salut sources confirm to this newspaper that, at the moment, there is no decision made. The Procicat marks that, in the field of sports, “case by case” and “situation by situation” will be analyzed, so there is no established general measure. The Government, along with the Barça, will then decide what is best in this case.
The general direction d’Esports is favorable to the game being played behind closed doors. The assistance of 5,000 fans of the Italian team, the country most at risk in Europe right now due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“We are going to recommend that the match be played behind closed doors. We have to hold a meeting between the various departments of the Generalitat and the club to make a decision, but it must prevail prudence and health protocols “, Gerard Figueras, director general d’Esports of the Generalitat on RAC-1, said Monday. Club Azulgrana sources, consulted by this newspaper, have reported that, at the moment, there is no official decision taken in this regard.