The 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League group stage kicked off on the 20th. Recently, the new crown pneumonia epidemic has rebounded in Europe on a large scale. UEFA has no uniform restrictions on each division, and there are various uncertainties in the new season.
According to the current schedule, the group stage ends on December 9, the knockout draw will be held on December 14, and the round of 16 will start on February 16, 2021.
If the country where the club is located prohibits the holding of matches, the home club must find another time and place to play the game. If the country where the away team is located does not allow to play abroad, both parties need to bear the losses together. Clubs should try to obtain immunity from travel bans, border controls and isolation regulations in their countries.
, Except for cases where the local government requires the whole team to be isolated. If a referee confirms the infection, UEFA reserves the right to nominate a substitute referee.
Fans must wear masks in the stadium to maintain a safe social distance. The specific rules and restriction measures for epidemic prevention at the stadium are determined by the host government and the health department.
The Premier League and La Liga are currently empty games, and the team’s home UEFA Champions League games are expected to remain empty. Britain has isolation requirements for people entering from certain countries, but players are exceptions. Italy bans the holding of amateur-level team sports competitions, with a maximum of 1,000 spectators in the Serie A stadium. France announced last week that Paris, Lyon and other cities have imposed curfews. If the game is played during the day, a maximum of 1,000 spectators are allowed to enter the arena. If it is a night battle, it will be held empty.
In Germany, due to the different epidemic prevention regulations of the federal states, the Bundesliga has seen thousands of fans in a single game in the past few rounds. However, there are also clubs that prohibit spectators from entering the stadium. The situation changes every round. For example, Leipzig’s first Champions League group match was at home against Istanbul on the 20th. The original plan was to allow 8,500 fans to enter the stadium. Affected by the increasingly severe epidemic, the club announced on the 19th that the audience size had shrunk to 999.