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Red list exemption extended for teams entering England for Champions League and European matches |  Football news

The government has extended its elite sport exemption to cover teams and players entering England for UEFA club competition matches from Red List countries.

This means that players who have recently appeared in Red List countries representing their nations can travel to England and be listed for their clubs.

The new arrangements mean that English clubs and teams from Red List countries playing Champions League and other European matches will not have to be moved to a neutral venue.

Manchester United and Arsenal’s last 32 first leg matches in the Europa League in February were on neutral grounds due to coronavirus restrictions.

United, who were due to travel to Spain to face Real Sociedad, played at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium in Turin, while the Gunners played against Benfica at Stadio Olimpico in Rome due to restrictions on Portugal.

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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel suggested last week that it would be useful to move international fixtures to countries on the green list.

The restrictions have given rise to a number of disputes between clubs and countries.

Earlier in September, Zenit St Petersburg asked Brazilians Malcom and Claudinho to return from international service after realizing they would be banned from entering England because their home country was on the red list. from the United Kingdom.

The Russian club will travel to Stamford Bridge on September 14 for their Champions League clash against Chelsea.

Malcom and Claudinho would not have been available had they stayed in South America for all three World Cup qualifiers.

Last Friday, FIFA allowed players called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the international break to play in the Premier League this weekend.

Red list exemption extended for teams entering England for Champions League and European matches |  Football news
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been frustrated by restrictions on Red List countries

It was revealed last week that FIFA had invoked Article 5 to prevent Premier League clubs from selecting players they had refused to release for the final round of international matches, following a request to the Brazilian Football Confederation.

The request came after Premier League clubs unanimously agreed in August not to release players for international matches in countries on the UK government’s red list.

However, following extensive discussions with FIFA, FA and the Premier League, the associations of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay agreed to waive the automatic five-day restriction that they had the option of. ‘impose.

The decision meant Liverpool had Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino available for selection against Leeds on Sunday.

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