Man Utd v LASK in Europa League to be played in empty stadium

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Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer attends a news conference in Vienna
Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer attends a news conference in Vienna

(Reuters) - Manchester United's Europa League last-16 tie against LASK will be played in an empty stadium due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Austrian Bundesliga side said on Tuesday.

The first-leg tie is scheduled to be played in Linz on Thursday.

"The UEFA Europa League home game against Manchester United... must take place without spectators," the Austrian club said in a statement https://www.lask.at/heimspiel-gegen-man-utd-ohne-zuschauer. "The association will provide further details after publication of the relevant decree."

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Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said earlier on Tuesday that the country had banned indoor events of more than 100 people and outdoor events of more than 500 in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.




(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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