The term "Behind Closed Doors
" is used in football (soccer)
to describe matches played where spectators are not allowed in the stadium to watch. The reasons for this may include punishment for a team found guilty of a certain act in the past, stadium safety issues or to prevent potentially dangerous clashes between rival supporters.
2007 Italian Football
As a result of a policeman being killed during rioting
at a Serie A
match between Catania
on February 2nd, the Italian Football Federation
suspended all Italian matches indefinitely. Subsequently, matches have resumed but many clubs have been ordered to play their games behind closed doors until their stadiums meet with updated security regulations.