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Vietnam to Host Olympics Playoff Behind Closed Doors Over Coronavirus Concerns


Last Updated: March 06, 2020, 21:00 IST

Representative Image. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Representative Image. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Vietnam women's football team's home leg of Olympics playoff against Australia will be held on March 11 without any fans.

Hanoi: Vietnam's women footballers will play the second leg of their Olympics playoff against Australia behind closed doors over concerns of COVID-19, football authorities said Friday.

The March 11 game will be held in the Cam Pha stadium in northern Quang Ninh province.

The Matildas are on verge of Tokyo Olympics after thrashing Vietnam 5-0 in the first leg of their playoff at home on Friday.

A statement released by Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on Friday said the match organiser decided not to open ticket sales to the public "due to the complicated development of COVID-19 outbreak".

"Spectators should not come to the stadium area... avoid large public gatherings, to ensure effective prevention of the outbreak," according to the statement.

VFF General Secretary Le Hoai Anh told AFP that "only accredited people can attend the game".

Vietnam last month suspended all sporting competitions in the country in February in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

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    (This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed - AFP)
    first published:March 06, 2020, 21:00 IST
    last updated:March 06, 2020, 21:00 IST