A membership from Kosovo needed to forfeit its Champions League qualifier Wednesday as a result of gamers examined constructive for COVID-19, the primary time UEFA needed to make such a ruling in the course of the pandemic.
UEFA stated KF Drita should forfeit its preliminary spherical recreation within the 2020-21 competitors and awarded it as a 3-Zero win for Northern Eire’s champion Linfield.
The groups couldn’t play a scheduled recreation Tuesday at an empty stadium subsequent to UEFA’s headquarters after the Drita squad was put into quarantine by native public authorities.
Two gamers had examined constructive for COVID-19 in Switzerland since final Thursday and uncovered different gamers to an infection.
UEFA’s up to date Champions League guidelines and protocol for taking part in video games safely maintain groups accountable if they can’t fulfil qualifying fixtures.
An pressing ruling was given by the chairman of UEFA’s appeals committee, Pedro Tomás of Spain, as a result of the subsequent spherical is pending.
Linfield now advances to play Legia Warsaw in a single-leg recreation in Poland subsequent Tuesday.
The Linfield-Drita recreation was simply the third recreation scheduled within the 2020-21 competitors. The qualifying rounds are overlapping with the ultimate knockout phases of the 2019-20 version which resumed Wednesday on the quarterfinals.
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