Manchester United will be taking a trip to Austria to take on LASK in their Europa League tie but will be doing so behind closed doors as the government looks to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
The Red devils have become the latest of a long line of clubs who have had their match schedules affected by the Coronavirus epidemic.
Manchester United continue their chase for continental glory when they make the trip to Austria.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men will however have no support to cheer them on in their pursuit of glory as the gates will be locked.
A statement released by Manchester United read:
“Following guidance from the Austrain government, we have been informed by UEFA and LASK that the Europa League game on Thursday will be played behind closed doors.
“LASK will now cancel tickets that had been issued to Manchester United. We will automatically issue refunds on behalf of LASK to our fans who have purchased tickets.”
Austrian giants, LASK who will be reaching this stage of Europe’s elite competition for the first time in their history were hoping to revel in am historic meeting with the Premier League giants. Their fans will however be absent in the clash.
Sporting clubs, their fans and sponsors continue to take action in the face of the continuous spread of Coronavirus.
The entire Serie A has been suspended for the meantime as the virus rocks Italy while other matches across Europe would have to be played behind closed doors.
Spain’s top-flight, the Laliga has already announced that their next two round of fixtures would take the same approach, so also will a number of high-profile Champions League games.
Barcelona versus Napoli and Paris Saint Germain against Borussia Dortmund are amongst other games going to be played with no fans in the stand.
The Premier League and the lower tiers of English football are yet to take any such actions however.