The Chelsea Champions League conflict away for Atletico Madrid will now happen in Bucharest.
UEFA confirmed that it had moved the competition due to issues of coronavirus journey, with the first-16 first leg now to be staged on the Enviornment Nationala within the Romanian capital.
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The UK operates strict coronavirus quarantine guidelines on folks coming back from Spain, forcing Chelsea’s journey to Atletico to be moved to a impartial location.
“UEFA has confirmed that the 16-round Chelsea Champions League first-round away match against Atletico Madrid will now be played on the Nationala Enviornment in Bucharest in Romania,” learn a press release from Chelsea.
“The match date, Tuesday February 23, and kick-off (8pm UK time) will stay the identical.
“The second leg is at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, March 17 at 8pm.”
Spain is on a ‘red list’ of nations drawn up by the UK Authorities, which can severely limit motion in and out of these nations.
Arsenal and Manchester United have additionally seen the primary stages of their last-32 Europa League fixtures moved for a similar causes.
The Gunners will face Benfica in Rome, whereas United’s assembly with Real Sociedad has been modified from San Sebastian to the Allianz Juventus Stadium in Turin.