Liverpool have been barred from coming into Germany for a Champions League match against RB Leipzig on February 16 due to strict entry guidelines imposed due to the pandemic, the German inside ministry stated Thursday. “German federal police knowledgeable RB Leipzig as we speak that the described case doesn’t meet the necessities for an exception” to the journey restrictions, the ministry stated in a press release.
UEFA‘s laws decree that Leipzig should discover a approach of internet hosting the last-16, first leg match or threat forfeiting it as a 3-0 defeat, however the planning for the match has been upended by Germany’s up to date journey restrictions.
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff stated the membership would discover an alternate location for the match.
“We’re in talks and we’re engaged on an answer. We are going to play someplace,” he advised AFP’s German sport subsidiary SID.
The brand new German guidelines, slated to final till the day after the sport, ban travellers from international locations hit by new, extra contagious, coronavirus variants corresponding to Britain.
Although there are some exceptions for medical staff and others in key professions, the inside ministry has repeatedly stated that there are “no particular provision for skilled sportspeople”.
Potential options embrace taking part in the sport overseas, or switching the house and away legs of the tie in order that the primary leg could be in Liverpool.
Leipzig, who reached the semi-finals of the competitors final season, are scheduled to journey to Liverpool for the second leg, to be performed behind closed doorways like all top-level matches in Europe, on March 10.
It isn’t clear if Leipzig’s sister membership RB Salzburg may host the February 16 recreation at their Pink Bull Area. The Austrian facet will play Spanish membership Villarreal there in a Europa League recreation on two days later.
“The Europa League has a distinct branding from the Champions League. So the stadium should be ready two days earlier than and the turf should be in prime situation,” Salzburg’s media spokesman Christian Kircher advised German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse.
The choice additionally locations a query mark over one other Champions League last-16 match, between Borussia Moenchengladbach in opposition to Manchester Metropolis which is because of be performed in Germany on February 24.
The Champions League, Europe’s prime membership competitors, was closely disrupted by the pandemic final season.
It was positioned on maintain when sport throughout Europe was halted in March.
UEFA then took the choice to finish the competitors as a ‘Last Eight’ event in Lisbon in August, with out spectators. Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 within the last.
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