Europa League: Inter vs Ludogorats To Hold Behind Closed Doors – UEFA

Inter Milan’s Europa League Round of 32 second-leg clash against Ludogorets Razgrad will be held behind closed doors at the San Siro, European football governing body UEFA has announced.

They were fears the game would be postponed due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus in northern Italy.

Inter’s Serie A game against Sampdoria, due to be played on Sunday, was postponed along with a host of other football matches due to the outbreak which has seen Italy record the highest cases of infections outside China where the virus originated.

Seven people have died and more than 220 have come down with the virus, mainly in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, in Europe’s worst outbreak of the illness.

The game will kick off at 20:00 GMT on Thursday, with Inter 2-0 ahead from the first leg courtesy of goals from Christen Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku.

In related news, the Italian government has agreed to allow some matches to be played behind closed doors in the region affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Italy’s Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora was quoted as saying that sporting events had been banned in the affected regions until Sunday but that “for some events we have given the possibility to play them behind closed doors.”

He did not give further details but Italian media said he was referring to Serie A matches.