Real Madrid Preparing for Closed-Door Match at Legia Warsaw


Legia Warsaw fans clashed with the police last month before the team visited Real Madrid. No fans will be present Wednesday when the teams meet again in Warsaw.

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WARSAW — Competing behind closed doors will not offer any advantage to Real Madrid when it plays a Champions League group-stage game at Legia Warsaw on Wednesday, Coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Legia’s opening game against Borussia Dortmund at the Polish Army Stadium was overshadowed by crowd trouble, and as a result UEFA, which organizes the tournament, barred fans from the next home game, against Real, and fined the club 80,000 euros (about $88,000).

Zidane, who played a European game for Real Madrid in an empty stadium against Roma in 2004, said he did not favor playing without fans present, even if it might negate the home-field advantage.

“There is no advantage,” Zidane said Tuesday. “I always prefer to play in front of supporters even away from home, because that’s what football is all about. But that’s the situation we face.

“We have to play…

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