Spanish Soccer Games Played In Empty Stadiums Until Further Notice

The Spanish league announced that matches in the first and second divisions will be played in empty stadiums for at least the next two weeks in wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement followed a government outline of preventative measures that will be implemented to help prevent the spread of the virus. The league stated it will "follow its recommendations and/or decisions, prioritizing the health of the players, fans, club employees, journalists, etc., due to the COVID-19 health crisis."

Spain's health minister announced a rise in coronavirus cases in and around Madrid, and all schools in the area have been closed for two weeks starting on Wednesday. There were 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spain on Monday, with 28 deaths and 74 patients in intensive care. 

Spain decided to follow Italy's lead after their league canceled sporting events, including Series A soccer games and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Games will pick up again on April 3.

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