Coronavirus: No Fans For Olympiakos vs Wolves Europa League Tie

The Europa League last-16 first-leg match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Olympiakos at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Thursday will be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision is due to a Greek government policy directing that all professional sports events for the next two weeks will be played without spectators.

UEFA confirmed on Monday that the policy covers this match. Wolves had sold 1,000 tickets for the match.

Players won’t be allowed to shake hands after UEFA joined the English Premier League in banning pre-match handshake rituals.

“Unfortunately, the decision has now been confirmed and all parties must submit to the official ruling imposed by the relevant Greek authorities,” said a Wolves statement.

“We share the disappointment of all of our supporters who will be affected by this decision, and can confirm that all match ticket refunds will be processed over the next 48 hours.”

It was also confirmed that Sevilla v Roma in the Europa League on Thursday will be played behind closed doors.

Also on Monday, officials in Italy announced that all sport was to be suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus.