Champions League and Europa League sides are set to be named exempt from Government quarantine rules in a move which could see European fixtures played in England.
The Government’s latest guidelines have outlined a plan to introduce a quarantine period of 14 days for all international arrivals, though there will be ‘a short list of exemptions’ to the ruling which could be set to include leading sports teams.
According to the Telegraph, there is ‘cautious optimism’ within Formula One that elite sports teams will be exempt from the new travel measures, with football hopeful of being included in a move that could see the return of European club football.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Wolves all have home legs still to play in their respective Champions League and Europa League knock-out stage ties, whilst Chelsea are still to play away to Bayern Munich.
The measures are set to be implemented at UK airports from the end of the month, with the Government detailing the quarantine policy in its Covid-19 Recovery Strategy Document.
“The Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK,” the document reads.
“Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.
“The Government is working closely with the devolved administrations to coordinate implementation across the UK. Small exemptions to these measures will be in place to provide for continued security of supply into the UK and so as not to impede work supporting national security or critical infrastructure and to meet the UK’s international obligations.”
The report also adds that UEFA are hopeful of finishing the Champions League and Europa League by the end of August and discussions are continuing over safe returns to the competitions, with proposals reportedly including one-legged quarter-finals and semi-finals.