PARIS: The first round match of the last 16 of the Champions League between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach
will be held in Budapest, Hungary following strict COVID-19 regulations in Germany.
The change of court was made 24 hours after next week’s match between Liverpool and RB Leipzig was also moved to Budapest for the same reason.
City run by Pep Guardiola will face Gladbach at Puskas Arena on February 24.
“We have to expect that the ban on entry from the United Kingdom to Germany, which ends on February 17, will be extended and Manchester City will not be allowed to travel to Moenchengladbach,” said Borussia CEO Stephan Schippers.
The rules of the European Football Union (UEFA) stipulate that the host team must find a way to organize the match or face the risk of receiving a 3-0 defeat.
Leipzig, who face Liverpool on February 16, will travel to Anfield for a rematch on March 10, while Gladbach to Manchester on March 16.