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Inter v Ludogorets To Be Behind Closed Doors

It is a good job that Inter were able to get the job done last week in Bulgaria against Ludogorets because the second leg at home this week will be played behind closed doors on Thursday due to the Coronavirus scare.

Totally understand the decision why. The highly-contagious illness is spreading rapidly throughout northern Italy, with three deaths reported and over 200 cases diagnosed.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed he could shut down all this weekend’s Serie A games – a decision is set to be made today – and several regions including Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto, Liguria, Friuli and Emilia-Romagna ordered suspension of all large public events including sports until midnight on March 1.

While there are discussions over the potential rescheduling of some fixtures, that is simply not possible with the Europa League, as there is no time to rearrange.

The only realistic option is to play behind closed doors at San Siro on Thursday evening and that is what the Mayor of Milan is expected to announce later today.

Ludogorets released a statement demanding clarification on the situation, particularly for the 600 fans who had already purchased tickets and arranged travel.

Totally understand the decision why the decision was made. From a purely sporting standpoint, the decision takes away the home field advantage that Inter had, and illustrates how important that added time penalty by Lukaku was.