Red Star have seen their request to have fans present at Thursday’s Europa League Round of 32 first leg rejected.
There was no doubt a sigh of relief when Milan realised that they wouldn’t be playing in front of the famous Marakana atmosphere, or so they thought.
However, il Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews) reported that the Serbian club have asked the relevant authorities to allow fans to attend. Not only that, but they have asked for 30% attendance to be allowed in, which would be around 17-18,000.
However, according to what is being reported on MilanLive, the Serbian league leaders have had their request rejected and therefore the Europa League challenge will be played regularly behind closed doors.
The Rajko Mitić stadium has a capacity of 55,538 spectators , allowing 30% of them would mean over 16,000 fans in the stands. The Serbian government preferred to avoid risks and rejected the request.