Breaking: Arsenal set to face Benfica in Rome due to Covid

Arsenal – The first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 match against Benfica will be played in Rome, according to media reports.

The UK is implementing strict coronavirus quarantine rules around people returning from Portugal, which has forced the 18 February match to be moved from Lisbon to neutral territory.

Portugal is on a “red list” of countries drawn up by the UK Government.

The home leg will also be an issue the following week, with Benfica barred from entering the country. No decision has yet been taken on a venue for that match.

The first legs of Liverpool and Manchester City’s Champions League ties against RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach have been moved to Budapest.


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