Wolves in Europe: Supporters on Europa League debacle in Athens - VIDEO

By Luke Hatfield | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Wolves fans spoke with Luke Hatfield in Athens, discussing the game and why they've travelled with the game to be played behind closed doors.

Wolves fans spoke with Luke Hatfield.

Wolves fans making the trip to Athens have spoke on their frustration as Nuno's side take on Olympiacos behind closed doors.

Supporters landed in the Greek captial last yesterday and today and will be forced to watch the Europa League game on TV from the city's bars.

Wolves' bid to have the game postponed was dismissed by UEFA late last night.

The first leg of the last-16 match will still take place behind closed doors, which is in line with the Greek government's temporary suspension of spectators attending sporting events.

Wolves have expressed their disappointment at the decision but have managed to get special dispensation from the governing body with regard to their media duties in a bid to protect players and staff.

Olympiacos confirmed that all of their football staff or board members have tested negative for Coronavirus, after the club's owner, Evangelos Marinakis, confirmed he had the virus.

Many Wolves fans, who had been unable to get refunds on hotels and flights, have made the trip.

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Wolves in Europe: Supporters on Europa League debacle in Athens

Fan Eddie Baker, from Cheltenham, said: "It is a shame. We are gutted that we can't go to the game. There's no more risk of coronavirus here than being back home.

"I just can't understand why they have [told teams to play the game behind closed doors].

"30,000 Athenians will be going to be the game and in bars in Athens. It is not an increased risk as far as I'm concerned.


Asked whether fans had travelled, he said: "I've not seen very many."

Supporter Robbie Baker, also from Cheltenham, added: "I think that ultimately it is probably the right decision.

"It is slightly frustrating when the call was made. We travelled out on Tuesday morning and saw the tweet from Wolves at around 8pm on Monday.

Asked whether how the empty stadium will impact the tie, he said: "If anything I think we have a slight advantage. But I would rather the stadium was packed."

Fellow fan Martin White, from Milton Keynes, spoke of his disappointment as the trip to Athens is his first Wolves game in Europe.

"We have booked it and we can't get the money back on trains, flights, parking, hotels s we thought instead of money going down the pan we would still come on the trip.

"Why is our game going ahead. It shouldn't be [played at all]. I agree with Nuno completely."

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield
Digital Sports Journalist - @LHatfield_Star

Digital Sports Journalist based in Wolverhampton working on the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.


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