FOREST GREEN'S Sky Bet League Two fixture against Northampton Town on Saturday could be played in front of empty stands following the coronavirus outbreak.

According to The Times, the football authorities prefer to put matches behind closed doors over postponing fixtures altogether, though that remains a possibility further down the line.

The Times also reports that the EFL plans to allow season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games at EFL clubs to watch matches on iFollow streams, Forest Green are not on iFollow streams.

It is expected that a meeting of the government’s Cobra committee will move its response to the pandemic from the 'contain' phase to the 'delay' phase later today, Thursday.

They report that, under the new plan, only players, team officials, broadcasters and journalists would be allowed to attend games.

Pubs will also be ordered not to show live coverage of matches to avoid large gatherings of people.