Barcelona 'could shut the Nou Camp to fans for 10 MONTHS'

Barcelona ‘could shut the Nou Camp to fans for 10 MONTHS’ as the club draw up plans to play behind closed doors until February 2021… and even the best-case scenario would see supporters back in November with coronavirus causing havoc in Spain

  • Barcelona have reportedly planned to play games without fans until next year
  • La Vanguardia claim that the Nou Camp may not open properly until February
  • The club have outlined two scenarios amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic
  • Supporters may be allowed back in November if season can finish in August
  • Spain has been hit badly by the virus, with more than 20,000 deaths so far 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Barcelona could shut the Nou Camp to spectators for a further 10 months and not open its gates again until February 2021, according to an internal report drawn up by the club.

The revelation has been made by Catalan paper La Vanguardia, who have seen documents outlining two possible scenarios for the development of the financial crisis engulfing football because of the coronavirus shutdown.

In the more pessimistic of the two, the current season does not get completed; the transfer window is put back until August 15 and then shuts on September 15 when the 2020-21 season begins.

Barcelona could play without fans at the Nou Camp until February next year due to coronavirus

Lionel Messi and his team-mates are likely to play in front of new fans until at least November

This is the doomsday scenario that LaLiga president Javier Tebas says will cost Spanish football €1billion (£882million). 

Most alarmingly for Barcelona, in this first possible future, the Nou Camp remains shut to the public until February of 2021.

The internal club report also outlines a more optimistic second scenario, with the season restarting on June 15 and finishing in the second week of August.

The Nou Camp was empty for a game against Las Palmas in 2017 due to protests in the city

Barcelona’s stadium is pictured locked up with football in Spain on hold due to the pandemic

But even in the second scenario, with football returning earlier and the season being completed, Barcelona are still not planning for fans being back in the Nou Camp before November 15, according to the La Vanguardia report.

The coronavirus outbreak has hit Spain particularly badly, with almost 200,000 confirmed cases and over 20,000 deaths recorded so far.  

It has also contributed to turmoil at the LaLiga giants, with Lionel Messi and his team-mates being forced into a 70 per cent pay cut and some non-playing staff being put of the Spanish government’s equivalent of furlough. 

Last week the club announced the restructuring of their board after the resignations of six directors plunged them into crisis.

Messi has been battling with the club’s board in recent weeks as the off-field issues continue

The Catalan giants were thrown into off-field disarray following the mass exodus, which was confirmed in a strongly-worded statement.

Club president Josep Bartomeu has been forced to reshuffle the figures at boardroom level while battling against claims from those wanting to replace him in the top job.

Presidential candidate Victor Font recently claimed the LaLiga giants are heading towards ‘economic bankruptcy and moral decay’ due to their handling of the coronavirus crisis, their attempts to re-sign Neymar from PSG and accusations that the club paid money to a social media company to plant negative stories about club figures at odds with the board.


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