Matches played behind closed doors

Matches played behind closed doors
Maradona and Santillana, captains of Naples and Real Madrid respectively (The daily)

Last updated June 11, 2020 by Javier Argudo

Recently they have played many games behind closed doors due, mainly, to the coronavirus. But nevertheless, along the history, other games were played without an audience. We review some of them.


One of the most memorable. The game Mestalla He had to be suspended for throwing objects from the public valencianista. The meeting resumed at stadium Santiago Bernabeu some days after, specifically the 18 May 1977. The game ended with a tie.


In 1987, in the old European Cup, the Real Madrid and the Naples They were framed to the first exchange. But nevertheless, the public of the Bernabeu stayed with the desire to see his team, the Fifth Vulture, crack face time, Diego Armando Maradona.

That clash had to play behind closed doors because the merengue group was banned for two games without public at their stadium. A year before, in the tie against Bayern, There were incidents both in the first leg (pisotón Juanito to Matthäus) and in the back in white coliseum. But nevertheless, Real Madrid not won for the accused and 2-0 and they achieved a creditable draw in the second leg in Italy, passing the tie.

closed Bernabéu
Image of Real Madrid-Naples without an audience in the stands of the Bernabeu (The confidential)


In the year 2007, in a match Copa del Rey between Real Betis and the Sevilla, Visiting coach, Juande Ramos, he received a bottle from the stands. The match was suspended and had to be resumed, behind closed doors, in the Alfonso Pérez, Getafe Stadium a few days later.

Betis-Sevilla closed
Overview of the Alfonso Pérez Getafe at the Betis-Sevilla Cup King (20 minutes)


The Atletico Madrid also he suffered the closure of their stadium. The 26 November 2008, colchoneros received the PSV. At rojiblancos they not affected them too much and achieved victory by a tight 2-1 in a match corresponding to the phase group Champions League.

Overview of the Vicente Calderon Atletico-PSV 2008 (The Journal)

Legia Warsaw – REAL MADRID

One of the most recent, playing a 2 November 2016, which they were played in Poland Legia Warsaw and the Real Madrid. Locals were sanctioned by altercations produced by the ultras in a Champions League earlier, he faced them Borussia Dortmund.


Again the white set is the protagonist of a party without public. It was also a party Champions League, playing a 8 from December to 2004, at Olimpico in Rome. The premises were sanctioned by the toss of a coin in an earlier match against Dinamo Kiev.

Other games played behind closed doors, no Spanish teams involved, worth noting are some that Juventus after the disputed tragedia Heysel. Also in Argentina and even qualifiers for the European Championships had to be played without an audience for various reasons.


In 2017 A game without an audience was played at the Camp Nou between the FC Barcelona and the UD Las Palmas. Catalonia lived a delicate situation from a political point of view. A referendum had been called that did not have the support of the central government of Spain. Although officially the clash was played without an audience to guarantee security, the truth is that the president culé, Josep María Bartomeu, He claimed that the Mossos had offered guarantees that it could be played without problems..

Barcelona Las Palmas
Barça players celebrate one of their goals against Las Palmas in a completely empty Camp Nou (The News Area)

"We have decided to play the game, but exceptionally behind closed doors, to show our pain. Let everyone see what we are suffering. The Mossos had told us that the game could be played normally. ”. The maximum Barcelona president affirmed. The end result was Barça victory by three goals to nil.

Javier Argudo

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