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Travel restrictions impact football's European competitions

A number of Champions League and Europa League matches are set to be impacted once again by coronavirus travel restrictions in certain European countries.


Manchester City's second-leg against German side Borussia Monchengladbach has been confirmed to take place, as planned, at the Etihad Stadium on March 16, by UEFA.


The first-leg of the tie however was played in Budapest because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions in place between Germany and England.


The situation is different for Premier League champions Liverpool FC, who are still unaware of where they will be playing their game between themselves and another German side, RB Leipzig.


The two clubs faced each other in the Puskas Arena in the Hungarian Capital in the first-leg but the differing regional restrictions, which are affecting Leipzig, in the state of Saxony, means that the RB Leipzig players would have to isolate for up to 10 days upon their return from playing in England.


The regulations are due to be reviewed this week but if they are not relaxed, the game may be switched to a neutral location once again. Reports have suggested Budapest is under consideration once more but no decision has yet been made.




Author: Jake Wilkin