Man Utd clash with LASK set to be played behind closed doors due to coronavirus as chaos grips Europa League – The Sun

MANCHESTER United’s Europa League tie with Austrians LASK is set to become the latest victim of the coronavirus.

The Austrian government is expected to confirm all games must be played fan-free from today in a bid to contain the virus spread.


And it means United’s match in the 21,000-capacity Linzer Stadium will be the first to meet the new guidelines.

The news is a devastating blow to the Austrian club who had hailed the draw against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as the biggest match in their history.

Austria's health minister, Rudolf Anschober, said: "All outdoor events with over 500 people, 100 indoor, will be cancelled until mid-April."

But Austrian Chancellor – the equivalent of Prime Minister  – Sebastian Kurz is due to make an official confirmation of the new policy this morning.

It is unclear whether that means no spectators at all, including VIP guests and the media.

But supporters of both clubs will be denied access, meaning any United fans who make the trip to Austria will be wasting their time and unable to see the match.

It is believed around 900 away fans purchased tickets for the game, and all will be refunded.

It comes as Barcelona confirmed next week’s Champions League game with Napoli will be played without fans while the Bavarian state government is set to impose a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people, which will mean no fans at Chelsea’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich.

MATCHES HIT BY THE CORONAVIRUS

UEFA competition games to be played behind closed doors:

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Barcelona v Napoli (March 18)

PSG v Borussia Dortmund (Tomorrow)

Valencia v Atalanta (Tonight)

EUROPA LEAGUE

LASK v Man Utd (Thursday)

Olympiacos v Wolves (Thursday)

More to follow…

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