Football: national football team matches without fans on stadiums

After the decision of cancelling the mass events in Poland, the upcoming friendly matches of the Polish national football team against Finland and Ukraine will be held without audience, the Polish Football Association announced on Tuesday.

Amidst coronavirus situation all mass events cancelled: PM

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Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki decided on Tuesday to cancel all mass events in the country, among other preventive measures undertaken to contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus, known as the coronavirus.

Polish national football team will face Finland in Wrocław, south-west Poland on March 27 and Ukraine on March 31 in Chorzów, southern Poland. These matches will take place, but without fans on the stadium.

Moreover, due to the cancellation of the mass events, all the matches of PKO BP Ekstraklasa, the highest division of Polish football championships, will also be held without an audience.

Matches against Finland and Ukraine are elements of preparation of the Polish national team to the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 championships, but it is not certain whether this event will take place, because of the spreading of the coronavirus.

The tournament for the first time will not be held in one or two European countries but in 12 cities: Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bilbao (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow (Scotland, the UK), London (England, the UK), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy) and St. Petersburg (Russia).

No decisions were made, but it is said that the tournament might be delayed, because of the virus spread. The original date of the opening ceremony is June 12, and the competition is for now scheduled to end on July 12.

More than 116,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection were recorded worldwide, including 20 in Poland.