|LASK vs Man United|
The first leg of Manchester United’s Europa League tie against LASK will be played behind closed doors as confirmed by LASK after the Austrian government announced measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, minister of social affairs, health care, and consumer protection Rudolf Anschober and interior minister Karl Nehammer addressed reporters on Tuesday.
They confirmed all outdoor events with over 500 participants are banned until early April, with the same measures taken for any indoor events with over 100 set to be present.
LASK statement on Twitter reads;
“Following a statement from Austrian Chancellor Kurz, Health Minister Anschober & Interior Minister Nehammer, we ask your patience at this time and more information will be available soon.“Health Minister Anschober says that football matches will still go ahead meaning that no Europa League or Bundesliga games will be cancelled but may be played behind closed doors. More information as the situation develops.”
As of Monday, there were 131 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Austria but no fatalities, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
United are away to LASK in the last 16 on Thursday, with the second leg to be played at Old Trafford the following week.