Because of the coronavirus, Borussia Dortmund has to play in the Champions League near Paris Saint-Germain in front of empty ranks. The same scenario threatens for the Ruhrpott derby on Saturday against FC Schalke 04.
Borussia Dortmund’s round of 16-second leg in the Champions League near Paris Saint-Germain with former BVB coach Thomas Tuchel will be a ghost game. The police prefecture of the French capital announced about 57 hours before the kick-off on Wednesday (9:00 p.m. / Sky) that the match in the Prinzenparkstadion in Paris is taking place in accordance with the measures decided by the national crisis team in the fight against the new corona virus in front of empty ranks. The premier class game of RB Leipzig against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday (9:00 p.m. / Sky), on the other hand, takes place as planned.
They were “prepared for this case and the resulting consequences”, said the BVB and announced that they would “inform the public directly as soon as we can give binding answers to the currently – understandably – circulating questions.” PSG explained, one tries to let the unusual game take place under the “best possible conditions”.
In the fight against the spread of Sars-CoV-2, France had basically banned events with more than 1000 people on Sunday evening. So far, more than 1,100 people in France have contracted the new corona virus – 19 people have died.
The league game scheduled for Saturday by PSG at Racing Strasbourg was canceled due to the virus and was postponed to a later, not yet determined date. The Bundesliga also faces a few games without a spectator this week, including the Dortmund derby on Saturday against FC Schalke 04. A binding decision is expected “by Tuesday at the latest,” said BVB. A spokeswoman for the city of Dortmund said that the vote was still in progress and that “as much judgment as possible “.
The measure will not only change many things for coach Lucien Favre and his team, who, like the opponent, will have to do without their fans. For example, the question of who will compensate fans who have already booked tickets, trips and accommodation in Paris will also be raised. BVB won the first leg 2-1.
According to information from the sports newspaper “L’Équipe”, there had previously been numerous security measures in the stadium. So the entire arena was disinfected. The UEFA confirmed meanwhile that no after the game in Paris mixed zone with opportunity for discussions of journalists will be held with players. Interviews will only be given by the TV channels approved on the sidelines.
The Dortmund team had previously decided not to fly to Paris with sponsors and media representatives as usual, but separately in a small group. The club had already announced during the week that players and coaches would temporarily not take selfies and sign autographs. In addition, there will be no public training sessions “until the coronavirus is contained”. “This should close a possible door for ‘Covid-19’ in the team cabin,” said the BVB.