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ICYMI: Empty seats

The Coronavirus pandemic has this week shown us what football without fans is really like – and we have to say it’s weird. Coaches shouting instructions, players talking to each other, the ref’s whistle echoing – all have eerie prominence without fans in the stands. Ighalo’s excellent effort for Manchester United against LASK on Thursday a great example of the difference the crowd makes.

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