Unvaccinated Real Madrid and Chelsea players may miss UEFA Champions League ties in France


Real Madrid and Chelsea may be forced to leave any players who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 at home for their UEFA Champions League matches in France.

The current restrictions on COVID-19 in France mean that there is no exemption for unarmed athletes who want to enter the country.

Paris Saint-Germain will host Real Madrid in the first leg of the last 16 on February 15, and Chelsea will visit Lille in the second leg of the March 16 meeting.

What have UEFA said?

In a statement on Thursday, UEFA said they would basically be required to maintain borders in any country, adding further guidelines to be made before the Champions League exit phase.

“The exact conditions under which the games are played in each country are subject to the decisions of the competent authorities in that country,” UEFA said.

“Each team must adhere to the rules set in the country where the match will take place.

“But a specific competition Addendum – still under consideration – containing special rules due to COVID-19 operating in the exit phase, may provide guidance in this regard.”

In 2021, European club games were relocated to neutral areas due to travel restrictions in several countries, created by the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.

However, the current vaccination situation is different because the rules apply only to certain people.

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