La Liga announced on Tuesday that the next two rounds of league matches will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Champions League Last 16 match between Barcelona and Napoli will not feature fans at the stadium, either, the Catalan club confirmed.
The next two weekends of La Liga games include high-profile contests such as Athletic Bilbao vs. Atlético Madrid at San Mamés, the Seville Derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, and Real Madrid vs. Valencia at the Santiago Bernabéu. The international break will take place in the final two weeks of March, and La Liga has yet to decide what happens in the month of April.
Spanish football's ruling is the latest of a number of serious changes made by European football to matches around the continent in response to the outbreak, with all sporting events in Italy canceled until the beginning of April and almost all top-flight matches currently scheduled to be played behind closed doors in France, Germany and other countries.
UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches have also been affected, with five games in both competitions to be played without fans. Officials could go one step further for Olympiakos vs. Wolverhampton, which is now at risk of postponement with the news of the Greek club's owner being diagnosed with coronavirus.