European football faces a renewed threat – after government ministers vetoed a request to exempt sports stars from around 40 trips.
And that would spoil the chances of boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester City to win a first title in the Champions League.
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Under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s severe new restriction on coronaviruses, all new arrivals to the UK will have to be isolated for 14 days.
This includes the return of British nationals and residents, making international travel for players almost impossible.
Elite sports bosses first persuaded Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to fight for an exemption.
But the Minister of Cabinet was canceled by the ministers of the Ministry of Health and the Cabinet Office.
They now want to keep exemptions to a minimum, only for carriers and diplomats.
A source # 10 said, “No final decision has been made – but we want the regime to be robust. “
Downing Street added that the new strict quarantine rule will be revised every three weeks throughout the summer.
The Uefa worked out a plan to end the Champions League in August – but the quarantine decision would mean disaster for City and Chelsea, who are in the bottom 16.
Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers are still in the Europa League.
This also announces bad news for Formula 1, as the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 19, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, is also expected to be canceled.
The rest of the season will then be plunged into great doubt, seven of his ten teams being based in the United Kingdom.
Last night, F1 warned the government that failing to exempt its drivers and quarantine teams would wreak havoc in the sport.
A spokesperson said: “Forty-fourteen days would make it impossible to hold a British Grand Prix this year.
“This has a major impact on tens of thousands of jobs related to F1 and supply chains.
“If all elite sports are to be shown on television, exemptions must be made. “
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