The Swiss league is put on hold after clubs reject the closed doors option

BERN: the Swiss football league ( SFL ) it was suspended until at least March 23 due to the outbreak of coronavirus after clubs rejected the possibility of playing games behind closed doors.

Switzerland, which has had at least two dozen confirmed cases, introduced a ban on Friday of events that are expected to attract 1,000 or more people until March 15 in an effort to fight the coronavirus.

In response, the Swiss League He canceled all matches in the two main divisions and on Saturdays and Sundays and has now extended the ban on international rest at the end of March.

The option of holding the matches without spectators was also discussed, said the SFL in a statement. The clubs decided against this step for economic reasons and because there are currently still enough alternative dates available.

The Swiss league has two divisions of 10 teams each with an average attendance of just over 11,000 in the top category.