Berlin, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- Borussia Mönchengladbach is assessing the possibility of moving the first leg of its Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester City to Denmark in case the English team is denied entry into Germany because of current travel restrictions against the coronavirus pandemic.
Gladbach are looking at their options after Liverpool was denied entry into the country for their match against Leipzig on February 16. German police on Thursday rejected a request from Leipzig for a special exception to be granted to Liverpool.
RB Leipzig must now arrange an alternative venue in a neutral stadium and take on the additional costs of moving the fixture. If they are unable to provide alternative arrangements, they will be forced to forfeit the match 3-0.
To avoid a similar scenario, Gladbach has already contacted FC Midtjylland, Danish media have reported citing club sources, to assess the possibility of moving the game there if necessary. People from countries with a high incidence of more contagious coronavirus mutations, including the United Kingdom, are currently not allowed to travel to Germany.
Gladbach’s game is scheduled for February 24 and although the measures are only in place until February 17, German authorities have not not ruled out extending the restrictions beyond that date. EFE-EPA