The first leg of Manchester United’s Europa League last-16 tie away to Austria’s LASK Linz will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus that is now taking a toll on sporting activities.

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This tie will be played behind closed doors due to the growing coronavirus concerns. PHOTO/COURTESY

The dreaded Coronavirus is already tearing into clubs with the effects worse than projected at this stage.

Clubs have registered a drastic fall in ticketing revenue as many matches are now directed to be played behind closed doors due to fear of widespread infection.

Most leagues are now opting to have their matches behind closed doors which has led to a drastic decline in ticketing revenue. PHOTO/COURTESY

On Sunday, Juventus were forced to registered their 2-0 win against Inter Milan behind closed doors, with star striker Cristiano Ronaldo opting for a mock greeting to fans as the teams walked through the tunnel; the Italian football federation suspending the league on Monday in the European hit nation until further notice.

The Ballon d’Or winner pretended to greet fans in the build-up to the Serie A match vs Inter. PHOTO/COURTESY

And now news coming in is that next Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Barcelona and Napoli to be played behind closed doors at Camp Nou amid concerns over the outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann dribbles the ball past Napoli players during the first leg of the tie in Naples. PHOTO/COURTESY

Spain’s Minister of Health is however of the opinion that the tie does not need to be played behind closed doors and it remains to be seen how things will shape out.

La Liga has also told all the 20 clubs that fixtures over the next fortnight will be played behind closed doors, as drastic action to stop the virus from spreading across the country.

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La Liga matches will be played in empty stadia for the next two weeks. PHOTO/COURTESY

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