Reinhold Ranftl of LASK Linz chases Manchester United's Odion Ighalo during their Europa League clash in March. Bradley Collyer
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Austrian leaders lose top spot after six-point deduction for breaking social distancing rules

A video showed players training together rather than in groups of six, as specified in health protocols.

AUSTRIAN LEAGUE LEADERS LASK Linz were docked six points and fined €75,000 today for breaking strict social distancing rules in training.

With the championship set to resume on 2 June after lockdown, the sanction meant that LASK lost top spot to Salzburg.

Football authorities in the country acted after a video emerged that showed players training together rather than in groups of six as specified in health protocols drawn up to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

LASK said they will appeal the decision.

The Austrian Bundesliga still has 10 more rounds of games to play this season.

Matches will take place behind closed doors every three days in order to finish the championship by the first week of July.

Salzburg, the six-time champions, were three points behind the Linz club in the table when the championship was halted in March.

© – AFP, 2020

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