Soccer matches to be played in empty stadiums in Poland

The decision of the Polish Football Association (PZPN) concerns all Polish Cup, First and Second Division matches, as well as those played by the national team. Bartłomiej Zborowski/PAP

All upcoming soccer games in Poland will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) announced in a communique on Tuesday.

A decision concerning all Polish Cup, First and Second Division matches, as well as those played by the national team has been taken after the Polish government has decided to call off all mass events in the country in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The matches will be played without fans until further notice.

More than 113,000 people have contracted the coronavirus around the world and nearly 4,000 have died since it surfaced in China late last year. More than 100 nations have reported cases, with Italy bearing the brunt of the outbreak in Europe.