A host of Ligue 1 games will play behind closed doors this weekend, including Montpellier vs Marseille

Following the formalisation of the French government’s order that gatherings of 1,000 or more people will be banned in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Sports Roxana Maracineanu confirmed on Monday that all Ligue 1 games would be forced to be played either behind closed doors or with a maximum crowd of 1,000 people until April 15th.

This decree gave Ligue 1 clubs the option to either elect to play matches with a limited number of supporters or without any at all. Most sides in the early going have decided to take the latter option. The following games will be played behind closed doors this weekend:

Montpellier vs Marseille, Lyon vs Reims, Toulouse vs Metz.

Brest official Pascal Robert confirmed to Le Télégramme today that he is angling for this side’s home clash with Lille, currently scheduled for this weekend, to be postponed: “Because we have three big home matches coming up (Lille, Marseille, Monaco) and we need our fans.”

No formal decisions have been announced for other fixtures scheduled for France’s top flight next weekend.

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