Pressure mounts on UK sports bodies to make coronavirus decision as LaLiga is directed to play behind closed doors

10 March 2020

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Photo: PA Images LaLiga said it has for several weeks been working on "alternative plans" in co-ordination with UEFA in case health authorities decide to suspend any matches.

Matches in LaLiga SmartBank and Santander will be played behind closed doors for the next two weeks.

All Premier League and EFL matches are currently set to go ahead as planned, with the UK government saying there is "no rationale" for postponing sporting events in Britain.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Spain's LaLiga will be played behind closed doors for the next two weeks, becoming the latest to have its activities disrupted by the coronavirus, increasing pressure on UK sports bodies to make a decision on how to deal with the outbreak. 

On Monday, following a meeting with several sporting bodies, including the Premier League and the EFL, the UK government said that there was "no rationale" for postponing sporting events in Britain or forcing clubs to play matches behind closed doors, despite other countries having implemented such preventative measures.

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