Borussia Dortmund travel to France on March 11th to take on PSG and new french rules could have the game played in an empty stadium.
French authorities have implemented a ban on events with over 5,000 participants recently and there is potential for that to creep into the football world. Although games were able to proceed as usual this weekend, French authorities did cancel the Paris half marathon which had over $44,000 registered participants. If the spread continues to grow there is some concern that the Dortmund vs PSG second leg would have to be played without any fans.
If that were to be the case it would be a massive swing in Dortmund’s favor to take the home crowd out of the game. With Dortmund desperate for a win or draw in order to make sure they progress playing a game without the home fans would put them on a much more level playing field. Every Dortmund fan knows how much better Dortmund play in front of their home fans, PSG would feel a similar loss without their fans there to back them.
There is a still a long way to go before this becomes a reality, and there is still another weekend of games this weekend to see if the French authorities take any more drastic actions. There will also be UEFA involvement when it comes to the Champions League matches so it may come down to them forcing the more virus prone countries hands.
Dortmund fans will wait and see for this weekend’s fixtures in order to get a better idea of what is in store for our team as they prepare for next weeks second leg.