Manchester United will journey to Italy for his or her away Europa League fixture towards Actual Sociedad.© AFP
Actual Sociedad will play the primary leg of their Europa League final 32 tie with Manchester United in Turin, UEFA introduced Tuesday, as coronavirus restrictions block their English opponents from getting into Spain. In a press release, UEFA mentioned that the match at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium can be held on the initially scheduled time of 1755 GMT on February 18. Molde’s house leg with Hoffenheim, scheduled for 2000 GMT on the identical day, has been moved to Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica.
“UEFA want to thank Actual Sociedad de Futbol and Manchester United FC for his or her shut cooperation and help find an answer to the problem at hand, in addition to the Italian Soccer Federation and Juventus for his or her help and agreeing to host the match in query,” UEFA mentioned.
The match was moved to Italy after the Spanish authorities prolonged from February 16 to March 2 a ban on flights from Britain, Brazil and South Africa in an try to stem the unfold of recent Covid-19 variants.
Solely authorized residents or nationals of Spain and the neighbouring micro-state of Andorra are presently allowed in on flights from these international locations.
That is the fourth time that Spain has prolonged its restrictions on arrivals from Britain, which have been initially put in place on the finish of December.
The transfer to increase the ban on arrivals from the UK, introduced by the Spanish authorities on Tuesday, might additionally imply Chelsea’s go to to Atletico Madrid within the Champions League on February 23 can be moved.
Spanish media report that La Liga leaders Atletico are contemplating Bucharest or Genoa in Italy as alternate options.
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