The Catalan Government does not see the entry of fans to the Camp Nou feasible for the duel between Barcelona and Real Madrid due to the evolution of the pandemic in Catalonia
BARCELONA – Barcelona will continue to play its games at the Camp Nou behind closed doors without establishing a partial reopening of its stands due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused new health measures by the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya and motivated that this Thursday the health minister, Alba Vergés, proclaimed that it will be “impossible” to authorize the presence of the public in the short term.
“In this current situation it is very difficult for us to consider that the public can enter. Right now we cannot venture that it could be like this throughout the season, but what is certain is that on October 20 and 24 it will be impossible,” said the counselor, stating that both the first match of the Champions League group stage against Ferencvaros and the League Classic against Real Madrid to be played four days later will be played, maintaining the current situation, behind closed doors at the Barça stadium.
Barça, under the premises of its action plan in the ‘Espai Net i Segur’ project, sent the protocol to the Generalitat understanding the possibility of opening the Camp Nou doors with a capacity limited to 30,000 fans for the day’s game 20 against Ferencvaros and the subsequent Liga Clásico against Real Madrid, with absolute control of security controls, but the Catalan government, Vergés sentenced, rejected such option, taking into account the current situation of health alarm that is going through in Catalonia with an obvious risk of the outbreak of the pandemic.
The request was made by Barcelona despite the fact that the regulations established by LaLiga maintain that all official competition matches of professional clubs, in accordance with the Higher Sports Council, must continue to be played behind closed doors, and understanding that a possible response positive (which did not occur) would have produced a conflict of interest with the other First Division clubs.
UEFA regulations regarding European competition matches leave the options to partially open the stadiums in the hands of the local authorities, which is why the next two matches of the group stage that Barça must play at the Camp Nou against Dinamo Kiev on November 4 and against Juventus on December 8 remain in the air regarding the possibility of playing with the public in the stands.
In the same way, the health minister did not confirm the holding of the referendum on the Motion of Censorship against the Barcelona board scheduled for October 31 and November 1, as the club has not yet sent the request to carry it out. . “It will be studied when it reaches us,” Vergés limited himself to pointing out in this regard.