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Sport Inter's Europa League match with Ludogorets to take place behind closed doors due to coronavirus concerns

07:50  25 february  2020
07:50  25 february  2020 Source:   goal.com

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UEFA has announced Inter and Ludogorets will meet behind closed doors at San Siro in the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday. According to Italian news agency ANSA, 88 amateur football matches scheduled to take place in Lombardy last Saturday had been postponed, while

Inter Milan are expected to play their home Europa League last-32 match against Ludogorets behind closed Talks have been taking place between the club, Italian government officials and European football' s League officials are due to meet later on Monday to discuss the matter. In the regions of

a group of people walking down a street next to San Siro: Inter will host Ludogorets in European action at San Siro. © Getty Images Inter will host Ludogorets in European action at San Siro.

UEFA has announced Inter and Ludogorets will meet behind closed doors at San Siro in the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday.

The decision has been taken by the governing body due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. Two people have died in the country while reports say dozens more have tested positive.

Bulgarian champions Ludogorets had demanded assurances that it was safe to travel to Milan in a statement released on Sunday, calling on UEFA to provide swift clarification.

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Gravina also expected Inter ’ s Europa League last 32, return match at home to Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad on Thursday to be played behind closed doors at San Siro. Inter won the first leg 2-0. Next weekend’s matches include a clash between leaders Juventus and Inter in Sunday’s

Italian news outlet ANSA claims that matches due to be played in Italy over the next week could be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus "As for Serie A, without prejudice to the independence of the league itself, I believe that there will be closed doors matches this weekend

Inter, who won the first meeting 2-0 thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku, will stage the return fixture without any fans present inside the famous venue.

"Earlier in the day, the Milan club sent a letter to Ludogorets, announcing that the city's health authorities allowed the match to be held without fans," a statement on Ludogorets' website read.

"The European headquarters informs Ludogorets that it will demand the decision of the Milan medical authorities. UEFA also announces that it is monitoring the situation in Northern Italy and will react immediately if changed.

It was confirmed by Inter in a statement on Monday that no spectators will be present for the encounter.

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Inter ' s Serie A match on Sunday was postponed due to the coronavirus , causing concern for Europa League opponents Ludogorets . Coronavirus -infected cases have been reported there in recent days. "More than 600 supporters of the Bulgarian champions are expected to support their favourites

It is now all but certain that the Europa League game between Inter and Ludogorets will be played behind closed doors on Thursday due to the Coronavirus scare. The highly-contagious illness is spreading rapidly throughout northern Italy, with three deaths reported and over 200 cases diagnosed.

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Inter's clash with Sampdoria was one of four Serie A fixtures to be postponed on Sunday, while there are doubts over whether their upcoming trip to Juventus will go ahead.

Atalanta vs Sassuolo, Torino vs Parma and Verona vs Cagliari were also cancelled amid the concerns.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, 88 amateur football matches scheduled to take place in Lombardy last Saturday had been postponed, while Serie C and Serie D games were also impacted

Italy prime minister Giuseppe Conte has said all of the top-tier Italian games, including the blockbuster showdown in Turin, could be called off due to the virus, which originated in China.

There have been 152 reported cases in the country, and quarantine restrictions have been put in place in the Veneto and Lombardy regions.

Many lives, events, schools, and businesses have been affected by the outbreak, and around 50,000 people are stuck where they are for at least two weeks.

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