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Coronavirus: Manchester United’s Europa League Match Against LASK To Be Played Behind Closed Doors

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Manchester United are likely to play the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie against LASK behind closed doors, according to reports in Austria.

Mainland Europe is working to arrest the spread of coronavirus with sporting events across the world affected. Amid the crisis, Italy have declared a country-wide lockdown with 9,000 cases.

United are scheduled to take on LASK on Thursday at the Linzer Stadion and Austrian outlet Kronen Zeitung claim that game will virtually be played behind closed doors.
Austrian health minister Rudolf Anschober announced at a press conference on Tuesday new country-wide measures against coronavirus, saying: ‘All outdoor events with over 500 people, 100 indoor, will be cancelled until mid-April.’

Uefa have not confirmed if the cancelled events will include the LASK game, but Austrian media continue to say a maximum of 500 spectators are expected to be granted access to the ground if the match goes ahead.

A statement from UEFA said: ‘We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with the WHO and national authorities. UEFA is also monitoring decisions by local authorities and we are in contact with all clubs.’
United were expected to bring a small travelling contingent of fans with them to Austria, but it now appears those supporters will have to remain behind. LASK tweeted from their English account shortly after the health minister’s comments that further information about the game would be available soon.

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