WOLVES fans have been left devastated after it was confirmed their Europa League last-16 tie against Olympiacos will be played behind closed doors.
The outbreak of coronavirus has led to many sporting events either being postponed or being played without fans.
Adama Traore helped Wolves to an emphatic 4-0 win over Espanyol in the first leg of the Europa League last-32 tie.Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Italy have been hit hard by the disease, causing major problems in Serie A, with all sporting events in the nation cancelled until April 3.
And on Monday, Wolves confirmed the news in statement.
It read: “A statement from the Greek government was published yesterday outlining the suspension, which is in place between Monday 9th March and Sunday 22nd March, however Uefa, Olympiacos and Wolves sought clarification on whether this fixture would be affected.
“Unfortunately, the decision has now been confirmed and all parties must submit to the official ruling imposed by the relevant Greek authorities.”
England’s friendlies against against Italy and Denmark later this month are set to be cancelled with governing bodies taking precautionary measures to help prevent the further spread of the disease.
The Premier League banned the usual pre-match routine of shaking hands before the fixtures this weekend and there were no mascots involved either.
Wolves cruised through to the last-16 after beating Espanyol 6-3 on aggregate to set up a tie with the Greek side.
The decision to not allow fans in to the ground will come as a massive disappointment to the fans who were looking forward to a trip to Greece.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has soared to 273, with ministers warning 100,000 Brits could die from the disease.
If the Premier League decide to enforce fixtures behind closed doors, broadcasters Sky and BT could show matches for free.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson admits he would have little choice but to follow but to follow government advice if they decide to ban over-70s from football grounds in the country.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk