UEFA Announce Adjustments On Champions League Amid New COVID Rise

UEFA Announce Adjustments On Champions League Amid New COVID Rise

The Champions League could be affected majorly following recent statements released by UEFA amid the new COVID rise in UK

Champions League fixtures set to hold in certain venues could be affected majorly after a new strain of Corona Virus cause concerns in Europe.

Earlier in 2020, the football world took a long pause following the spread of a deadly Corona Virus which was said to have claimed the lives of many victims.

This caused clubs to take huge financial blows as fans were deprived of freedom to go chant in support of their favorite teams while they play games.

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With the industry yet to recover fully from the hit, there could be another set back as reports reveal new strain of Corona Virus has taken the toll in Europe.

In reaction to this, the UEFA have extended the dates to which team will battle to advance into the next stage of the competition after going for a break since the final group stage games.

The German government has banned all flights coming into the country from United Kingdom in attempt to curb the spread of this virus.

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Making the matter worse, the government also clearly stated that no exemption is granted to any elite sports team.

This would be hitting Liverpool’s game with Leipzig as the clubs are already in talks with the UEFA in attempt to find out ways out.

In response, the UEFA has reportedly released a document tagged the Annex K which holds all needed info on the recent update and fixtures decision ahead.

The statement which was spotted on AS Marca reads as follows;

UEFA published on Tuesday the annex to the Champions League rules concerning the knockout stage, which makes provisions for potential issues faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document, known as ‘Annex K’, puts the onus on clubs to ensure games can go ahead despite any possible travel restrictions that may exist in their country. If games cannot take place as planned, UEFA have stipulated deadlines for clubs to make this known:

  • Last 16 (first leg): February 8 at the latest (24:00 CET). (Second leg): March 1 (24:00 CET).
  • Quarter-finals: March 29 at the latest (24:00 CET).
  • Semi-finals: April 19 at the latest (24:00 CET).

Clubs must inform UEFA immediately in the event of any change to travel restrictions or exemptions obtained.

If information is received by the governing body is late or insufficient, or a neutral venue cannot be found in time, UEFA will make the final decision regarding rescheduling and who should pay the costs incurred.

The home club will remain responsible for organising the match, even if rearranged and held elsewhere.

If any club refuses to play, they will be held responsible and punished with a 3-0 loss.

A match will go ahead as long as both teams have at least 13 players (including a goalkeeper) from their A List available to play.

Allowances will also be made to enable clubs to field players who haven’t been registered in time for the competition, as long as they have been registered with the relevant national association.

Provisional dates for rescheduled matches have been allocated as follows:

  • Last 16: April 2
  • Quarter-finals: April 23
  • Semi-finals: May 14

Meanwhile, the Europa League deadlines for communicating relevant changes to restrictions have also been announced:

  • Last 16: March 1 at the latest (24:00 CET)
  • Quarter-finals: March 29 (24:00 CET)
  • Semi-finals: April 19 (24:00 CET)

And the dates reserved for possible rearranged matches are:

  • Last 32: March 5
  • Last 16: April 2
  • Quarter-finals: April 23
  • Semi-finals: May 14

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