March 9, 2020 / 3:23 PM / a month ago

Top flight French soccer to be played without fans or with reduced crowd until April 15 - minister

FILE PHOTO: French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu leaves the Elysee Palace following the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - All French top flight soccer matches will be played behind closed doors or with a maximum attendance of 1,000 people until April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak, French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu told a press conference on Monday.

Maracineanu confirmed on Monday that France’s final Six Nations rugby international game against Ireland had been postponed.

Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Alison Williams

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