RB Leipzig stated on Tuesday that they’ve requested German authorities to grant Champions League opponent Liverpool an exemption from the strict new German coronavirus entry guidelines.
“On Monday, we requested an exemption for Liverpool’s entry into the nation,” stated Leipzig spokesman Until Mueller.
The Bundesliga membership will host English champions Liverpool in a Champions League spherical of 16 match on February 16, however the match has been known as into query by a partial journey ban that Germany launched final weekend.
The brand new guidelines, scheduled to final till the day after the sport, prohibit vacationers from nations affected by new, extra contagious coronavirus variants reminiscent of Nice Britain.
Though there are some exceptions for medical staff and others in key professions, an Inside Ministry spokesman informed AFP on Monday that the brand new guidelines “don’t comprise any particular provisions for skilled athletes.”
Nevertheless, Mueller stated Leipzig was engaged on an answer to the issue.
“After all we’re in talks with the authorities, with Liverpool and with UEFA,” he stated, including that the membership had submitted a request for an exemption to the federal police.
“We hope to obtain a fast response as a result of loads will depend on this,” he added.
In accordance with German media experiences, UEFA rules dictate that Leipzig should discover a option to host the match or threat shedding it as a Three-Zero defeat.
Doable options embody taking part in the sport on impartial floor outdoors of Germany or altering the house and away matches of the tie.
Nevertheless, the Leipzig membership bosses insisted they had been optimistic that the sport would go in keeping with plan.
“It’s not our objective to play in St. Petersburg or elsewhere,” membership director Oliver Mintzlaff informed Bild.
Industrial director Florian Scholz added that the membership was “engaged on the idea that Liverpool can enter the nation.”