English Premier League side Arsenal and Benfica who will be a Europa League game come February has made a shocking demand to the competition’s organisers.
According to reports, the clubs are talking to Uefa about the game to come up next month. Both Benfica and Arsenal are currently talking to Europa to move their Europa League last-32 games to a neutral venue due to the spread of coronavirus and how unsafe they feel.
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Portugal is on the United Kingdom’s ‘red list’ for travel, meaning players and staff would need to self-isolate for ten days on their return. Attempts are being made to find a venue which will be both available and fits Uefa’s criteria for hosting the games.
The first leg of the tie is set to be played in Portugal on 18 February, and the return leg will be played seven days after. Arsenal officials are speaking to Benfica, Uefa and the UK government to try and find a resolution.
On Friday, stricter government travel guidelines come into force to prevent coronavirus spread, which includes isolation periods for those travelling into the UK from the United Arab Emirates.