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Soccer News of Friday, 31 July 2020

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Napoli president wants Barcelona Champions League clash played away from Spain

Aurelio De Laurentiis Aurelio De Laurentiis

Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis has raised concern over the spike in COVID-19 in Spain where his side will face Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16.

Napoli will head to Spain on August 8 where they will face Barcelona who held them to a 1-1 draw in Naples.

With COVID-19 ravaging Spain, Laurentiis suggests that the game should be played on a neutral ground.

“I hear a lot of perplexity and fear coming from Spain and they’re acting like nothing is wrong,” De Laurentiis told reporters.

“What does it take to say, ‘Don’t go to Barcelona but rather go to Portugal, Germany or Geneva?’

“If they’ve decided to play the Champions League in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany, I think we can go to Portugal or Germany for the round of 16.

“I don’t understand why it should stay in a city that has a really critical situation.”

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