Man City vs Real Madrid given green light despite new corona rules

The round of 16 Champions League tie between Manchester City and Real Madrid will go ahead as planned on August 7. Due to new corona rules in the United Kingdom it was feared that the game between the two giants could not proceed. New rules have a 14-day mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving into the UK from Spain.

However, in a statement on Sky Sports the UK Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport confirmed exemptions will be made, including for the travelling Real Madrid squad. “Exempted individuals will live in ‘bubbles’, behind closed doors. This applies to sports stars, event officials, coaches, medical staff and relevant media figures.”

Manchester City are in the lead in the two legged tie, after they secured a 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu back in February. The UEFA granted permission for all the remaining round of 16 games to be played at their original venues. From the quarter final the UEFA have organised a special ‘Final 8’ tournament, with quarter final, semi final and final matches played as one off games.