Berlin (dpa) – Games in a neutral place, rescheduling and mini-squad: In view of the corona pandemic, the European Football Union has issued several “specific provisions” for the group phases of the European Cup competitions.
FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach could also be affected – possibly even as hosts of top games without German participation.
“All clubs participating in the group stage must use their best endeavors to make their UEFA-confirmed venue available as a neutral venue for other matches, if necessary,” UEFA states. If games of the premier class have to be postponed due to local corona restrictions, inquiries could also be made to the Bundesliga clubs. However, the tightly timed game calendar hardly offers any alternatives.
The last group match day is planned for December 8th and 9th. As a precaution, however, UEFA allows the preliminary round to be concluded this year by January 28, 2021. If that doesn’t work, the UEFA Executive Committee will determine the “principles” for determining the participants in the knockout round of the Champions League and Europa League.
If national regulations prevent a game from being hosted, the home club is usually responsible for finding an alternative date and / or location. Even if the visiting club’s country makes it impossible to travel to the game. But then the costs are shared. In principle, all clubs should endeavor to obtain “exemptions from existing travel restrictions such as border closings and quarantine regulations”.
Positive corona tests within the team do not necessarily lead to game cancellations. If there are at least 13 players available (including at least one goalkeeper), the game must be played on the scheduled date. However, this would be prevented, for example, by ordering a quarantine for the entire team by the authorities.
The clubs also have the option of re-registering players who are not registered for the European Cup. New appointments with players who then tested negative are possible. If that doesn’t work, the responsible club loses the game at the Green Table.
If a member of the referee team tests positive for the coronavirus, UEFA reserves the right to nominate substitute referees, who may also come from the country of one of the clubs involved in the match.
In principle, spectators are admitted to the games, a maximum of 30 percent of the stadium capacity may be used. Away fans are not allowed. However, the past few days in the Bundesliga alone have shown that in rare cases several thousand spectators will be seen in the stadiums. Conditions also include keeping your distance and wearing mouth and nose protection for all visitors. The local health authorities have the final say.