11 Aug Champions League qualifier postponed after optimistic COVID-19 case in Kosovo membership
UEFA postponed a Champions League qualifying sport hours earlier than kickoff on Tuesday as a result of a team from Kosovo was put into quarantine by Swiss authorities after a second participant examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Kosovo title winner KF Drita dangers forfeiting its scheduled sport in opposition to Linfield of Northern Eire in a UEFA disciplinary case.
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Drita and Linfield had been because of play on Tuesday night at an empty stadium subsequent to UEFA’s headquarters to finish a four-team preliminary spherical mini-tournament within the 2020-21 competitors.
UEFA stated a Drita participant, who was not recognized, examined optimistic on Monday.
A teammate additionally examined optimistic final Friday forward of the Kosovo team’s win in opposition to Inter Membership d’Escaldes of Andorra. UEFA’s return to play guidelines in the course of the coronavirus pandemic can let video games proceed after optimistic checks except native public well being authorities “require a big group of gamers or your complete team to enter quarantine.”
Linfield now appears prone to advance to play Legia Warsaw in Poland subsequent week within the Champions League first qualifying spherical.
The qualifying rounds are overlapping with the pandemic-delayed 2019-20 Champions League which resumes on Wednesday on the quarterfinal stage in Lisbon, Portugal.