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Wolves question UEFA's decision for them to play behind closed doors

Tue 10 March 2020 | 23:26

UEFA's decision for the Europa League last-16 match between Olympiacos and Wolves to be played behind closed doors has gone awry for Wolves.

UEFA has rejected Wolve's request to postpone their match against Olympiacos on Thursday instead of it being played behind closed doors.

According to UEFA, the match will be played behind closed doors in line with Greek government's measurements to combat the spread of coronavirus.

To add the icing to the cake, Olympiacos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, has also been tested positive for the coronavirus, making things even more complicated.

Wolves issued a statement to express their disappointment over UEFA's decision for the match between them and Olympiacos to be played behind closed doors.

The statement read: "Our position is that the trip poses unnecessary risks to our players, staff, supporters and the families of all who travel, at such critical and uncertain times.

"Our concern is also for our opponents, whose players and staff have today been tested, and will now be expected to play their part in an important fixture, under the difficult and challenging circumstances of their owner suffering with the virus.

"There is also disappointment that the match will be played without home and away supporters, as that is part of what makes European competition so special, as well as the fact our fans have already contended with similar obstacles on our Europa League journey already this season.

"We believe that there are some things that are more important than football, and that the good health of our pack and the general public is one of them. However, we respect the decision of UEFA and the integrity of the competition, and we will travel tomorrow to Greece to play the fixture.

"We hope that our request to UEFA, and our acceptance of their decision, can act as the catalyst for them to consider alternative options moving forwards, as this will not be the last fixture to be affected by coronavirus."

Noteworthy is that, since earlier this month, Wolves, themselves, have taken a pro-active measure against coronavirus by banning players from taking selfies with fans.

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