Why is England's Nations League match with Croatia being played behind closed doors? 188bet England travel to Croatia to play their first-ever away match in the Nations League on Friday - but the fixtuEngland travel to Croatia to play their first-ever away match in the Nations League on Friday - but the fixture will take place behind closed doors. Here, we explain why…re will take place behind closed doors. Here, we explain why…When is the match?Croatia v England kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday, October 12, and you can watch it live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.What is it for?The match is England's second group game in the Nations League. 188bet After losing to Spain 2-1 at Wembley last month, Gareth Southgate's side will be hoping for a positive result against Croatia to boost their hopes of reaching the Nations League finals next summer.Defeat would put them at risk of finishing bottom of their three-team pool and being relegated from League A.Where will it be played?The match takes place at Stadion HNK Rijeka, in the city of Rijeka. It has a capacity of just over 8,000 spectators - but will soon become local club HNK Rijeka's training ground when the new Stadion Kantrida is opened.Why will the match be played behind closed doors?Croatia are serving the second part of their two-game punishment imposed by UEFA after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy. They were also deducted a point for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign over the incident - although they still qualified for the France showpiece, going on to lose their last-16 tie to eventual winners Portugal.
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a Croatia Football Federation spokesman said at the time, in relation to the swastika. Their November home tie with Nations League Group A4 rivals Spain will be open to supporters.