Ligue 1: facing the Covid-19, the Girondins de Bordeaux decide to play behind closed doors


No one at the stadium until further notice. The Girondins de Bordeaux give up welcoming the public to the stadium in Ligue 1 after the ban on public gatherings of more than 1,000 people decided by the authorities to fight against the spread of Covid-19, the club announced on Tuesday.

“Football is and must remain a moment of exchange and pleasure between a team and its public, but the health of all remains the priority to contain this virus, which is currently very present in Gironde”, justify in a statement the Girondins.

The club, whose next home game is scheduled for September 27 against Nice, is the first to give up hosting the public this season. The Nice had made a similar decision, but only for their first game against Lens.

A very restrictive limit of 1000

At national level, professional sports clubs have the right to accommodate a maximum of 5,000 people on match days, except for a derogation which has not yet been granted for any Ligue 1 match.

But the prefect of the Gironde Fabienne Buccio decided on Monday, faced with the deterioration of the health situation in his department, to lower this gauge to 1000 people. In practice, this makes it very difficult for clubs to welcome the public, this limit also encompassing the staff present at the stadium (cleaning and security agents, stewards, technicians, etc.).

OM, also concerned by a similar measure from the Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture, has chosen to welcome the public. And this from Thursday against Saint-Etienne.

The incidence rate of the disease in Gironde is 158 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is much more than the alert threshold, set at 100. The rugby players of the Union Bordeaux-Bègles have decided to play in front of their partners and members of their supporters clubs the European quarter-final against Edinburgh.

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