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Real Madrid exempt from 14-day quarantine for trip to face Manchester City

The return leg of the Champions League’s Round of 16 could have been in danger but Madrid will be exempt from the UK’s introduced a new quarantine measure.

The Real Madrid and Manchester City Club Badges Photo by Visionhaus

The return leg of the Champions League’s Round of 16 between Manchester City and Real Madrid will be played in Manchester even though the UK government imposed a new 14-day quarantine rule for travelers from Spain. The government will not force Real Madrid or members of the Formula 1 paddock to follow this rule, according to a report from Sky Sports.

UK’s secretary of state for sport Oliver Dowden confirmed in the past that the events will go ahead as planned even if new regulations were going to be introduced, and Sky Sports reported that he has not changed his mind.

That means that Real Madrid will play that return leg in Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, although UEFA had planned the events to take place in Portugal just in case something like this happened. Still, that won’t be necessary and Madrid will face City behind closed doors in the city of Manchester.

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