Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said the club would back a suspension of English Premier League if the coronavirus pandemic worsens.
In Italy, Serie A, as well as other sporting activities, have been suspended while France's Ligue 1 and Spanish La Liga matches are being played behind closed doors as Europe grapples with the outbreak that has killed over 4,000 people globally and infected more than 119,000.
Solskjaer told Reuters that health concerns of football fans and players should be a top priority and he would understand if the authorities also called for a suspension.
“Yes I’d understand it in the circumstances,” Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last 16 first leg at Austria’s LASK, which is being played without fans.
“Of course it’s up to the experts to decide and the main concern must be the health of the general public. And the decision that will be made we will back.”
The pandemic that originated in Wuhan Province in China has led to cancellation of several international sporting events. It has also affected international travel and left a huge dent on the global economy.
“These are difficult circumstances not just for football but in the whole society so we have to do what we’re told and get on with the game if that’s what the authorities think,” Solskjaer said of the decision to play in an empty stadium.
“And the players have been the same, they have prepared for the game as we normally do. We’re going to have to create our own atmosphere within the team, within the game.”