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Chelsea and Liverpool may play UCL last-16 games at neutral grounds

Sat 01 January 2022 | 20:39

Chelsea and Liverpool's Champions League round of 16 matches might be moved to neutral locations due to UEFA's reluctance to adhere to European vaccination regulations.

The Blues have been paired with French champions

Lille

, while the Reds have been paired with Scudetto holders

Inter

.

However, according to the

Daily Mail

, both English teams may be obliged to play at least one of their last 16 Champions League games at a neutral site for the second season in a row.

In accordance with new regulations scheduled, professional athletes will be required to obtain a Covid passport in order to attend venues in France and Italy. This might be a source of worry given the relatively low levels of vaccination among players in England.

The Premier League announced in December that 77% of top-flight players had had two coronavirus vaccinations and 84% had received at least one dose – figures that are much lower than those seen in other major sports leagues worldwide.

It is not the intention of UEFA to make vaccination of players and staff mandatory, and existing rules indicate that a fixture must be completed as long as 13 players (including one goalie) are available for selection. Ties, on the other hand, maybe moved to another location in order to avoid government-imposed vaccination regulations.

Chelsea

and

Liverpool

will meet in the Premier League game on Sunday, with both teams experiencing the impacts of the Omicron wave as they prepare for the match.

Jurgen Klopp

, the manager of the Reds, has tested positive for the coronavirus Covid-19 and will be absent from the game, while the Blues have just escaped from their own coronavirus difficulties, although their championship ambitions are dwindling following a bad run of performances recently.


source: SportMob

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