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Behind closed doors (football)

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 and Palermo 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.

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