The Champions League clash between Liverpool and RB Leipzig is now in doubt after the Premier League champions were banned from entering Germany due to Covid-19 restrictions in the country.
Liverpool are scheduled to play the first leg of their last-16 tie at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena on February 16 but Germany has new travel laws banning international travel from countries considered to be high risk due to variations of Covid-19.
Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) announced that airline travel into Germany from England is prohibited until at least
February 17 and the new restrictions would “initially not allow any exceptions for professional athletes”.
On Thursday, the BMI confirmed that a Champions League match would not be grounds for a special permit.
“The Federal Police informed the association that the described constellation does not fall under the exceptional circumstances of the Corona Protection Ordinance,” the BMI told the Sport Information Service (SID).
UEFA has given Leipzig until February 8 to organise an alternative plan to allow the match to go ahead.
The game could be played at a neutral venue in a country with less strict Covid-19 restrictions
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