Liverpool Barred From Germany

BERLIN: Liverpool have been barred from entering Germany for the Champions League match against RB Leipzig on February 16 due to strict COVID-19 pandemic rules.

“The German federal police informed RB Leipzig today that the case did not meet the criteria for travel exemption,” the German government said in a statement.

European Football Association (UEFA) rules required Leipzig to find a way to host the Champions League group 16 match, or risk being given a 3-0 defeat, but plans for the match were thwarted by German travel obstacles.

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said the club would look for alternative locations for the action.

“We are discussing and finding a solution. We will play elsewhere,” Mintzlaff said.

Leipzig, who advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament last season, is scheduled to travel to Liverpool for a rematch to be held on March 10.

The German government’s decision also raises questions about the status of the Champions League match between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach which will take place in Germany on February 24.