10 Feb Man United’s Europa conflict with Sociedad moved to Juventus stadium Benfica-Arsenal to Rome
Manchester United’s first-leg round-of-32 Europa League match towards Actual Sociedad has been switched to Juventus’ Allianz Area whereas Arsenal’s tilt towards Benfica might be held at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico as a result of ongoing troubles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK has strict quarantine guidelines for worldwide journey, whereas Spain and Portugal have barred arrivals from the UK. The date of the matches is unchanged from Feb. 18, whereas the second leg on Feb. 25 might be held at Previous Trafford.
Nonetheless, the second leg of the Arsenal-Benfica conflict might be moved from London’s Emirates Stadium to the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens on Feb. 25.
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A press release stated: “UEFA can verify that the UEFA Europa League Spherical of 32 first leg match between Actual Sociedad and Manchester United FC will now happen on the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
“UEFA wish to thank Actual Sociedad and Manchester United FC for his or her shut cooperation and help to find an answer to the difficulty at hand, in addition to the Italian Football Federation and Juventus for his or her help and agreeing to host the match in query.”
UEFA’s assertion on the Benfica-Arsenal match was related, expressing gratitude to the golf equipment in addition to to the Italian FA and AS Roma for his or her help to stage the match. Roma shares the stadium with rivals Lazio.
United’s match needed to be moved as a result of Spain’s ban on arrivals from Britain, except passengers who’re residents or residents of Spain or Andorra.
The journey ban is in impact till March 2, which can even jepordise Atletico Madrid’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg at residence to Chelsea. That match is because of happen on the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Feb. 23 however can now not be held in Spain.
Atletico Madrid didn’t want to remark on how the ban affected the match, whereas Spanish newspaper Marca stated the sport could possibly be moved to Bucharest, greater than 3,000 kilometres from Madrid.
The fixture can’t happen in France, Germany, Belgium, or Portugal as these international locations are additionally limiting journey to and from the UK.
Additionally within the Champions League, Manchester Metropolis’s first leg round-of-16 tie towards Borussia Monchengladbach has been moved from Germany to Budapest as a result of COVID-19 protocols, UEFA have introduced. The date of the match will stay the identical with Pep Guardiola’s facet set to fulfill the Bundesliga membership on Feb. 24.
The announcement comes after Liverpool’s Champions League tie towards RB Leipzig subsequent week was moved on Sunday from Germany to impartial Budapest.
Data from Reuters was used on this report.