Wolves captain Conor Coady has admitted it is “a bit mad” that they are preparing to play in front of a packed house away against Slovan Bratislava on Thursday - even though the Slovakian club are supposed to be playing behind closed doors as a punishment for racism.
A Uefa loophole means that tickets can instead be given to local football clubs and schools with adults accompanying them.
Uefa imposed the sanction after racist chants by Slovan fans against PAOK of Greece in August.
Although Coady acknowledged the surreal nature of the situation, he was careful to not criticise Uefa.
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has also taken the line that he would prefer to play in front of spectators.
Coady said: “I’ve heard it’s a sell out, a behind closed doors sell out, it’s a bit mad. It’s something we are looking forward to. Listen, it’s another adventure for us.”
Asked what his take is on Slovan Bratislava being pulled up for racism and told to play behind closed doors - but instead having a partisan crowd in their favour - the Wolves captain said: “Uefa do what Uefa do. It’s up to them.”
Asked about what the impact of an empty stadium might have been, Coady said: “I’ve never had the experience of playing in an empty ground. All I know is that we play in front of huge crowds at Molineux, every week on Premier League grounds, so it’s no bother to us.”
The Molineux crowd watched their club extend its unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions on Saturday as they drew 1-1 against Southampton. Raul Jimenez’s 61st-minute equaliser for Wolves from the penalty spot had followed Danny Ings’ 53rd-minute strike.
Coady believes that, in the days before VAR, Wolves would have won the game - as Jimenez had two first-half strikes ruled out by the system.
The second denial was the more confusing with Wolves players, at the time, even seeming to be unaware why the decision had been made.
It was later revealed that a marginal offside in the build-up had caused the goal to be chalked off.
Coady said: “Better communication is needed for everyone really. He [the referee] has listened to the VAR. He doesn’t want to speak to us either. But they’ve come to the right decision.”
The Wolves captain was one of the defensive players who erred in the lead-up to Ings’ goal.
Coady admitted he “lost concentration” but team-mate Jesus Vallejo was also a guilty man for his poor clearance.
Vallejo, a 22-year-old on season-long loan from Real Madrid, has captained Spain under-21s but struggled on his second Premier League appearance.
In-form Ings caused problems to the home side’s back line with his running and it is expected that he can become even fitter and stronger than he is now.
Although Ings already has five goals from his last four appearances, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “There is a lot more to come from him. I know that and so does he.”