Lisbon is reconfigured, but UEFA “does not plan a plan B” for the Champions League

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The Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped giving UEFA a cold sweat. The Union of European Football Associations said on Tuesday 30 June that there were no “No reason to plan Plan B”, while measures have been taken to Lisbon, where the Champions League final tournament is to take place.

“We hope everything will be fine and that it will be possible to organize the tournament in Portugal”, a UEFA spokesman told Agence France-Presse, saying that the body of European football is “In permanent contact with the Portuguese Football Federation and local authorities”. “We monitor the situation on a daily basis and adapt when the time comes if necessary”, he said, echoing the words of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin on June 17.

With or without an audience?

As of Wednesday, residents of 19 neighborhoods in the northern suburbs of Lisbon, where foci of contagion to the coronavirus persist, will again be confined to their homes, announced Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

The final of the 2019-2020 Champions League, competition suspended mid-March because of the coronavirus, is scheduled for Sunday, August 23 in Lisbon, after an unprecedented final tournament bringing together eight teams in the Portuguese capital from 12 August.

Four teams have already qualified for the quarter-finals: Paris SG, RB Leipzig, Atalanta Bergamo and Atlético Madrid. The other four tickets will be allocated after the round of last 16 remaining to be played and scheduled for August 7 and 8 in places yet to be determined, either on the home team’s field, or in Portugal. The presence or not of spectators in this tournament will be “Regularly evaluated” depending on the health situation, UEFA said on June 17.

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