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Lyon players say playing behind closed doors ‘still better atmosphere than the Etihad’

No fans were allowed into the stadium for Lyon v Shakhtar

Lyon players say playing in a stadium with no fans allowed in is ‘still a better atmosphere than the Etihad’, according to sources.

The French side shocked Premier League winners Man City at the Etihad in the first group stage game.

However, UEFA ordered the club to play their first group-stage home game behind closed doors as a punishment.

No-one likes midweek fixtures anyway

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No-one likes midweek fixtures anyway

According to unofficial club snapper Lee Satchell, who was on the sidelines for the match against Shakhtar, the players all thought the atmosphere was better inside the empty Groupama Stadium than the Etihad.

Despite not a single Lyon fan being allowed entry for the game, the players still said there was more noise than their match against the English champions, according to Satchell.

Satchell added that he heard one player saying he didn’t realise the stadium in Manchester wasn’t full until he noticed the chairs were also sky-blue.

According to Arsenal the stadium was at full capacity

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According to Arsenal the stadium was at full capacity

As the players began the game they were met with row upon row of empty seats and he heard one prominent defender claiming that if felt like they were back at the Etihad.

The club were forced to play behind closed doors as a punishment for crowd disorder and racism in last season’s Europa League.

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