09 Feb Man Metropolis’s Champions League conflict moved; Man United await determination
Manchester Metropolis’s first leg Champions League round-of-16 tie towards Borussia Monchengladbach has been moved from Germany to Budapest as a consequence of COVID-19 protocols, UEFA introduced on Monday.
The date of the match will stay the identical with Pep Guardiola’s facet set to satisfy the Bundesliga membership on Feb. 24.
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“UEFA want to thank Borussia VfL 1900 Monchengladbach and Manchester Metropolis FC for his or her shut cooperation and help, in addition to the Hungarian Football Federation for his or her help and agreeing to host the match in query,” the assertion learn.
The announcement comes after Liverpool’s Champions League tie towards RB Leipzig subsequent week was moved on Sunday from Germany to impartial Budapest. German authorities declined to provide Liverpool an exemption from restrictions limiting journey from England the place an aggressive variant of COVID-19 is spreading.
In the meantime, sources have informed Football4cast that Manchester United are nonetheless ready to find the place their Europa League tie with Actual Sociedad might be performed.
United are as a consequence of play the primary leg of their last-32 tie in Spain on Feb. 18 however, as issues stand, the Spanish authorities haven’t but granted an exemption to permit elite sports activities teams to journey to the nation with out having to quarantine on arrival in step with COVID-19 protocols.
Sources have informed Football4cast that Sociedad are awaiting a response from the Spanish authorities and are taking a look at different venues to play the match.
Talks between Spanish golf equipment, the Spanish FA and the Spanish authorities are ongoing.
Chelsea’s Champions League journey to Atletico Madrid can also be affected whereas sources have informed Football4cast that UEFA most well-liked stadiums for use which have a historical past of internet hosting European video games. Sources added that Bucharest is the primary choice, with Udine and Verona seen as options.
One of many venues being thought-about for United’s recreation is Juventus’ Allianz Area in Turin. Any transfer would wish approval from UEFA and the Italian FA and quarantine exemptions for each United and Sociedad would have to be granted by the Italian authorities.
Sources have informed Football4cast that United anticipate to learn of a call by Tuesday morning.
UEFA additionally moved a Europa League recreation to impartial Spain on Monday as a result of journey restrictions in Norway forestall German membership Hoffenheim touring there subsequent week.
Molde are unable to host Hoffenheim within the first leg of the spherical of 32, which might be performed at Villarreal’s stadium as a impartial venue on Feb. 18.
Villarreal are nonetheless within the competitors and can host Salzburg one week later. It’s the second recreation UEFA has moved this month as a consequence of worldwide border controls geared toward controlling the unfold of COVID-19 infections.
Data from Football4cast’s Rob Dawson, Adriana Garcia and Rodrigo Faez and The Related Press was included on this report.