UEFA and Manchester council chiefs say they are the ‘monitoring’ the situation ahead of Champions League game at the Etihad next week. There are currently no plans for Manchester City’s huge Champions League clash with Real Madrid to be played behind closed doors. Champions League fans can book Manchester City Vs Real Madrid Tickets on our website on discounted prices.
Pep Guardiola’s men face the Spanish giants in the second leg of their last 16 ties at the Etihad next Tuesday night, March 17 in what is the biggest game of the season so far. A sell-out crowd of around 55,000 fans are expected including an allocation of around 2,000 travelling Madrid fans.
However, it has already been announced fans will be locked out of several games across the continent in both the Europa League and Champions League including United’s clash with LASK in the Austrian city of Linz this Thursday in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.
Madrid has seen a big spike in cases of the virus, also known as Covid-19, this week with the number of confirmed patients jumping from 17 to 782, with 21 people had died. Champions League fans can book MANCHESTER CITY TICKETS on our website on discounted prices.
Schools and universities in and around the capital area have been ordered to close and authorities are carrying out daily disinfection of the metro network. All matches in Spain’s top two divisions including La Liga will be played behind closed doors for at least the next two weeks it was announced earlier today (Tues).
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The British government are not advocating the cancellation of any sporting events or other mass gatherings. The UK’s Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said cancelling big outdoor events like football matches would not necessarily be a decision supported by science.
“The virus will not survive very long outside,” she said. “Many outdoor events, particularly, are relatively safe.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health today said that remained the advice. The city has two home matches before then, against Arsenal on Wednesday and Burnley on Saturday and both are set to go ahead as planned.Fans are excited to watch Manchester City Vs Real Madrid game.
And both European football’s governing body UEFA and Manchester City Council have told the Manchester Evening News that as it stands the Real Madrid match is also expected to go ahead as normal with fans allowed in.
However, both say they are in constant dialogue with the clubs and are closely monitoring the situation, stressing the outbreak is a fast-moving situation and things could change by next week.
UEFA said there were currently no specific plans for the game, but a spokesman said: “UEFA takes the situation linked to the coronavirus very seriously.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with the World Health Organisation and national authorities regarding Covid-19 and its development.UEFA is also monitoring decisions by local authorities that may have an impact on matches in its competitions. And we are in contact with all the clubs concerning this.”
Manchester City Council spokesperson:
A Manchester City Council spokesperson said: “We are currently working with government, Public Health England, local health partners and parties involved in organising mass events, and at this stage, the government advice is that cancelling large gatherings is not necessary.
“If the situation regarding Covid-19 or the Public Health England advice changes, then we will work with partners and businesses to understand the impact of that.”
“We will continue to monitor the situation in Spain but this is a fast-changing situation and the Spanish Government will also be advising their residents regarding travel. At this stage good infection control advice is crucial.”
A City source said they had followed government advice throughout and would continue to do so.The M.E.N has contacted Real Madrid for comment.
However Madrid-based paper Marca says “it is likely that it will be held with fans.”
And it is understood no advice has been given to their fans not to travel. On Tuesday, the UK’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that while holding sporting fixtures behind closed doors is an option, it is “premature” to take such steps or to cancel events now.
He told BBC Breakfast: “At the moment, the advice is clear from the chief medical officer, there isn’t a need to cancel such events.”
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