“We are experiencing an exceptional situation across the country,” says the president of the Austrian Bundesliga
Last update: 10/03/20 18:04
Thursday’s last 16 Manchester United Europa League first leg matches on Thursday will be played behind closed doors due to worries about the coronavirus.
The Austrian interior minister said the country is banning outdoor events of over 500 people.
A post on the Linz club’s Twitter account said: “LASK has announced that the home game against Man Utd scheduled for Thursday must take place without spectators. The association will provide further information after the publication of the relative decree.”
Christian Ebenbauer, president of the Austrian Bundesliga, said: “Obviously we all prefer to watch the atmospheric games with many spectators, but we are experiencing an exceptional situation across the country.
“We fully trust the responsible experts and obviously implement measures to protect the population. Like other organizers, these measures are associated with enormous organizational and financial challenges for us and our clubs.”
Bayern’s last 16 games in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League home game against Chelsea and their Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt four days later could also be played without fans.
The German champions sit in a comfortable position going into the game as they lead Chelsea 3-0 from the first leg.
Tottenham’s last game in the Champions League of the last 16 with the RB Leipzig on Tuesday evening will see the participation of fans, but Barcelona – Naples, Valencia – Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain – Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors.
Coronavirus: key sporting developments
- Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has announced he has coronavirus and is now self-insulating
- The return leg of Chelsea’s last Champions League game of 16 against Bayern Munich at the Allianz on 18 March will be played behind closed doors, as will Barcelona’s decisive match against Napoli on the same night. PSG’s game against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday is also played behind closed doors
- Thursday Thursday the draw between Europe and Wolves at Olympiakos in Greece – as well as Sevilla versus Roma – will be played behind closed doors
- Barcelona have confirmed that the match of the last return match of the Champions League with Napoli, scheduled for Wednesday 18 March at the Camp Nou, will take place behind closed doors. PSG’s game against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday is also played behind closed doors
- All La Liga games for at least the next two weeks will be played behind closed doors on updated advice from the Spanish authorities
- All Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 games until April 15 will be played behind closed doors during the outbreak, the French League (LFP) said Tuesday.
- The Republic of Ireland Euro 2020 playoff against Slovakia in Bratislava on 26 March will be played behind closed doors. Germany’s international friendly against Italy on March 31 will also be played behind closed doors
- The Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has confirmed that ticket sales for this month’s Euro 2020 playoff game with Northern Ireland have been suspended
- The France – Ireland Six Nations match was postponed on Monday. At present, the Wales vs Scotland match is the only game from the last six nations round that should continue as originally planned after the Italy-England match in Rome was postponed last week.
- All domestic sports actions have been suspended in Italy after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced in a press conference that the whole country would be blocked on Tuesday morning
- The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells was due to start in California on Monday, but will not take place now
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