Man City vs. Real Madrid Champions League clash exempt from UK government quarantine rules in Spain | Football News


Manchester City vs Real Madrid set to take place at Etihad Stadium on August 7th

Manchester City’s return leg with Real Madrid in the last 16 Champions League games will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule reimposed on travelers from Spain, the British government has confirmed.

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) said Sky Sports News that current guidelines remain in place to allow select elite international sporting events to take place this summer.

They state that “exempt individuals will live and work in controlled ‘bubbling’ closed-door environments,” and that this applies to “sports stars, event officials, coaches, medics, mechanics and to new members of the media ”.

City’s revamped fixture of last 16 games with Real Madrid is set to take place on August 7 at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side have a 2-1 lead in the draw thanks to second-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne in the first leg at the Bernabeu on February 26.

Gabriel Jesus (left) scored in Manchester City's first leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in February

Gabriel Jesus (left) scored in Manchester City’s first leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in February

UEFA said Sky Sports News that their current guidelines for matches played at home venues for the last 16 matches in the competition still apply, and that “travel is possible without restrictions for visiting clubs”.

The UEFA Executive Committee has also said that all of the last 16 Europa League matches will be played on their home ground.

However, their protocols for carrying out the Champions League and Europa League campaigns, published on July 9, also indicate that the sites could still be changed if necessary.

“UEFA will continue to monitor the situation and reserves the right to reallocate these matches to the venues of the final tournament of the relevant competition if new events occur which make it impossible to play one or more matches at the original venues” , official statement read.

According to a Transport Ministry announcement on Saturday evening, the government added Spain to its list of “at risk” countries, and travelers from Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, and Britons returning from visits there. stockings will now have to self-isolate for two weeks once they reach the UK.

Spanish authorities have warned the country could experience a “second wave” of coronavirus, and on Friday 922 infections were recorded there, officials are monitoring more than 280 active epidemics across the country.

The latest figures show that there have been a total of 28,432 deaths recorded in Spain as a result of COVID-19.

Juventus vs Lyon (August 7), Barcelona vs Napoli (August 8) and Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (August 8) are the last 16 games still to be played in the Champions League.

Chelsea are following Bayern after a 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in February in their first leg.

Atalanta vs Paris Saint-Germain (August 12) and RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid (August 13) are the quarter-finals confirmed so far.

From August 12, the Champions League quarter-finals will be played for four consecutive nights in one-game knockout matches at the Benfica and Sporting Lisbon stadiums.

The semi-finals will take place on August 18 and 19 and the Benfica Stadium of Light will host the final on August 23.

Meanwhile, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin spoke with Manchester City president Khaldoon Al Mubarak after the club’s two-year ban in Europe was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (TAS).

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