The upcoming Davis Cup tie between Sweden and Israel will be played behind closed doors over security concerns, politicians in Swedish host city Malmo said Wednesday.
The city council’s board for leisure, recreation and sport activities voted Wednesday that the March 6-8 tie would be played without any paying spectators. Politicians from the Social Democrats and Left Party won the vote by 5-4, supporting a proposal from board chairman Bengt Forsberg of the Social Democrats.
The Davis Cup match has been classified as a high-risk event over potential protests by groups wanting to protest against the recent Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza.
The Swedish security police have assessed threats and ticket sales have been postponed several times.
Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, has a sizable immigrant population with many from the Middle East.
It is very sad though that political issues even affect sports now; Davis Cup played without spectators, Shahar Peer denied a visa to play the Dubai Open