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No Need for to Prepare Plan B for Champions League Final Eight in Lisbon: UEFA

UEFA Champions League (Photo Credit: Reuters)

UEFA Champions League (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Earlier this month, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin stated: “For now things look well, and we hope everything will be fine until we organise the final eight.”

  • AFP
  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 6:43 PM IST

UEFA insists there may be “no reason to prepare a Plan B” for the ultimate eight of the Champions League in Lisbon regardless of Portuguese authorities reintroducing restrictions to curb the unfold of coronavirus.

“We hope everything will be fine and that it will be possible to organise the tournament in Portugal. For the moment there is no reason to prepare a Plan B,” a UEFA spokesperson instructed AFP.

The spokesperson added that European soccer’s governing physique is in “constant contact with the Portuguese Football Federation and the local authorities”.

UEFA introduced earlier this month that the latter phases of the Champions League can be staged exceptionally as a straight knockout competitors from the quarter-finals onwards with all matches in Lisbon.

Earlier this month, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin stated: “For now things look well, and we hope everything will be fine until we organise the final eight.”

He added: “We are assessing the situation, not week by week but day by day, and we will adapt when the time comes, if necessary.”

Portugal had not suffered to the identical extent as different western European nations in the course of the pandemic however final week Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa introduced that some coronavirus restrictions can be reimposed in and across the capital to assist management recent outbreaks.

From Wednesday, 19 neighbourhoods on the northern edges of Lisbon will return into lockdown.

Gatherings can be restricted to a most of 5 individuals in these areas, in comparison with 10 individuals within the wider Lisbon space and 20 individuals throughout the remainder of Portugal.

The remaining eight is because of start with the primary quarter-final on August 12, with the ultimate scheduled for August 23.

Matches can be performed at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and the close by Estadio Jose Alvalade, dwelling of Sporting.

Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Atalanta all certified for the quarter-finals earlier than the competitors was suspended in March.

The remaining final 16, second legs are: Juventus v Lyon; Manchester City v Real Madrid; Bayern Munich v Chelsea and Barcelona v Napoli.

It is hoped these matches — set for August 7 and eight — is not going to should be performed on impartial floor however they is also moved to Portugal, with UEFA standing by to unfold the matches across the nation, in Lisbon in addition to within the northern cities of Porto and Guimaraes.

Ceferin has admitted that it’s unlikely any of the matches can be performed in entrance of crowds however stated UEFA would re-assess the state of affairs in July.


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