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Rapid Vienna game may be played behind closed doors

Austria’s daily coronavirus infections have hit a new record as the hardest-hit areas start planning a full lockdown.

There is pressure on the government to do so nationally rather than simply  continuing the  current lockdown for unvaccinated people.

And that means a lockdown could easily be announced before next Thursday with immediate effect which would cause Rapid Vienna and West Ham to play without supporters present.

Only 66% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in western Europe, and its infections are among the highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 971 per 100,000 people.

While the Netherlands has imposed a partial lockdown that applies to all, Austria has sought not to impose extra restrictions on the vaccinated.

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UEFA’s ban on West Ham away fans may well be irrelevant if infection rates continue climbing in Austria.

Any lockdown is unlikely to affect professional sports in the capital but teams would be forced to play behind closed doors.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter