The Egyptian Football Association has announced that all football matches in the country will be played behind closed doors to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
A statement released on Tuesday said that the measures have been adopted as a way of combating the spread of the deadly and highly infectious virus.
“In order to ensure the safety of the Egyptian football fans, we require to take all our precautions to abandon the spread of coronavirus that the whole world suffers from, and in response to the instructions in this regard, the Egyptian Football Association decided to hold matches without spectators until further notice.”
Playing behind closed doors is not a strange phenomenon in Egyptian football as spectators have been barred or highly restricted since 2012. The banning of fans from the stadium was adopted after a deadly clash between Al Ahly and Pyramids fans that left over 70 people dead.
Egypt is set to host Togo in a 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on March 26.
The virus has led to the cancellation of major sporting activities across the world and a number of UEFA Champions League matches are set to be played behind closed doors this week.
CAF has also indicated that they're monitoring the situation and might be forced to cancel the sixth edition of African Nations Championships set for Cameroon in April.