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Man Utd set to play Europa League fixture against LASK behind closed doors

Manchester United will play Thursday’s Europa League clash against LASK behind closed doors amid the threat of coronavirus.

The Austrian government is set to announce that all games in the country will be played without fans in the stadium.

This means that no travelling United fans will be able to attend the Round of 16 fixture in the 21,000-capacity Linzer Stadium.

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It is believed up to 900 United supporters bought tickets for the game, but will be left disappointed and given a full refund by the club.

The news will also come as a crushing blow for fans of LASK, who were looking forward to arguably the biggest game in their club’s history.

But the Austrian government has banned outdoor gatherings of over 500 people with concerns that this could facilitate the virus spreading further.

Champions League games including Barcelona v Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich v Chelsea will also be played in empty stadiums this week.

This week, the Italian government announced a suspension on all Italian sport for the foreseeable future as the country looks to get to grips with the outbreak.

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