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A vision of football's future: When St Pat's faced Romanian giants Steaua behind closed doors

Inchicore club's bizarre 2009 Steaua showdown may give an insight into how football will look on its return

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A general view during the game which was played behind closed doors. Picture credit: Sportsfile

A general view during the game which was played behind closed doors. Picture credit: Sportsfile

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A general view during the game which was played behind closed doors. Picture credit: Sportsfile

Before it became the norm, it was the exception. It will return to being the exception, just as soon as Covid-19 abates.

The decision to schedule a competitive football match behind closed doors is never taken lightly. Under normal circumstances, it is deemed a punishment.

As was the case in 2009.