Covid-19 complications could force Manchester United and Man City to play their Champions League home matches in neutral venues.
The competition is set to get under way on Tuesday, September 14, but due to special rules introduced by UEFA, the home team must ensure their government provides exemptions so there are no restrictions for visiting opponents.
At the moment, under current UK government rules, arrivals from amber list countries who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days.
Those who are fully vaccinated can avoid quarantine and Italy, Spain and France are, as it stands, on the amber list.
This may change before the first group game later this month, as United and City look to get off to the best possible start.
Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s side are set to travel to Young Boys in their opener, before hosting Villareal two weeks later which could prove be an issue to due to the new ruling.
On the other hand, City kick-off at the Etihad Stadium against German outfit RB Leipzig, looking to go one better after reaching the final last season.
If the two clubs are unable to ensure there are no restrictions, they will forfeit the game if they do not arrange to stage the fixture in a neutral venue free from coronavirus restrictions or agree to a venue reversal.
However, UEFA do hope that the clubs involved will be able to agree to switch the corresponding fixture at a later date if exemptions were able to be secured.
A statement written by UEFA stated: “In all cases, the clubs may agree – subject to UEFA’s approval – on a venue reversal or on a neutral venue (within the territory of a UEFA member association), provided that no restrictions apply and no city or stadium clash is caused with other UEFA fixtures.”
This is also a similar situation for Chelsea and Liverpool and it could prove to have a damaging effect, with supporters last going to a domestic European fixture in England in March 2020.
Many England-based footballers have already suffered due to the current restrictions, as the government were unable to grant special exception for footballers to play in red list countries and avoid quarantine on their return.
United’s Edinson Cavani and Ederson of the Blues were just two of those who were effected by this and have been forced to stay in Manchester over the current international break.