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Liverpool Champions League First Leg Location To Be Decided Monday

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Leipzig could be the ‘home team’ in London or Budapest

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It was announced this week that Liverpool would not be allowed to travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig because of Coronavirus restrictions put in place by the German government. The onus then was placed on RB Leipzig to find a suitable location for the match to be today. Red Bull GmbH Global Head of Soccer Oliver Mintzlaff said via Sky Germany today that the decision of the location for the match will come Monday. They will either play in Budapest or at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

It seems like everyone involved in this story has done everything they can to try to play the game in Leipzig. The German interior ministry said on Thursday that an application by RB Leipzig for special permission for Liverpool to enter the country was refused by federal police.

“The Corona Protection Order agreed by the federal government last Friday envisions only a few exceptions and no special arrangement for professional athletes,” the ministry said in a statement. “The federal police has told the RB Leipzig club today that the circumstances of the given case do not meet the requirements for an exemption.”

If Leipzig are unable to find a location for the match, Liverpool will be handed a 3-0 win for the first leg.