UEFA strikes Champions League draw from Athens over well being issues | Soccer Information

BERN: The attracts for this season’s Champions League and Europa League group levels have been moved from Athens as a result of they’d break native COVID-19 guidelines about massive indoor gatherings, UEFA stated on Wednesday.
The European soccer physique stated that the Champions League draw would as a substitute happen with out visitors — equivalent to membership representatives — at its personal headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Oct. 1 with the Europa League draw the next day in the identical venue.
The choice adopted talks with Greek authorities, UEFA stated.
“All events agreed that the highest precedence should stay public well being and that it presently wouldn’t be doable to organise an occasion of such measurement with visitors in Athens, as it could violate public well being restrictions and constraints concerning indoor occasions,” stated a UEFA assertion.
The Champions League group stage will begin later than regular on Oct. 20, a knock-on impact of the coronavirus pandemic which interrupted final season and precipitated it to complete in August.

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