I.1 Venue and country restrictions - Europa League

Regulations of the UEFA Europa League

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Competition Regulations
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Clubs
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UEL
FullSeasonYears
2020/21
EnforcementDate
24 September 2020
I.1.1

UEFA will publish before each draw the list of known travel restrictions between countries, e.g. border closures and quarantine requirements (hereafter: restrictions). By 24.00CET two days prior to the relevant draw clubs must - after consultation with their respective national association and national/local authorities - inform in writing the UEFA administration whether such known restrictions apply or if other previously unknown restrictions have been imposed by their respective national/local authorities that would impact the clubs’ travelling. In absence of any information from the relevant club the list published by UEFA will be considered final.

I.1.2

If a club fails to inform the UEFA administration by 24.00CET two days prior to the relevant draw of any existing restrictions other than those published by UEFA in accordance with Annex I.1.1 that affect the organisation of the match and as a consequence the match cannot take place, the club in question will be held responsible for the match not taking place and the match will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by the club in question, which will be considered to have lost it 3-0.

I.1.3

As a rule, matches are played at the UEFA approved venue of the home club. Based on the information on restrictions provided by the clubs in accordance with Annex I.1.1, within 24 hours of (as applicable) either the relevant draw taking place or 24 hours upon qualification of the club for the relevant round:

  1. In case no restrictions apply to the match, the home club must confirm in writing to the UEFA administration and to the opponent club the venue, date and kick-off time of the match.

  2. If restrictions imposed by the national/local authorities of the home club’s country apply to the visiting club, the home club must propose a suitable alternative venue which may be in a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association) that would allow the match to take place without any restrictions for both clubs. If the home club fails to propose such suitable alternative venue, the club in question will be held responsible for the match not taking place and the match will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by the home club, which will be considered to have lost it 3-0.

  3. If restrictions imposed by the national/local authorities of the visiting club’s country apply to the visiting club’s travel to play the match or its return home after the match, the home club must propose a suitable alternative venue which may be in a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association) that would allow the match to take place and would not cause the visiting club any restrictions in either travel direction. If the home club fails to propose such suitable alternative venue, the UEFA administration will take a final decision on the match venue. The home club will remain responsible for the organisation of the match and both clubs will share the related costs in equal measure. If either club refuses to take part in the match, it will be held responsible for the match not taking place and the match will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by such club, which will be considered to have lost it 3-0.

I.1.4

If, in the opinion of the UEFA administration, the information provided by the clubs on restrictions imposed by their national/local authorities (in accordance with Annex I.1.1) is not accurate or is insufficient, or the restrictions are not sufficient to require the reorganisation of the match in a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association), the UEFA administration will take a final decision on the match venue. The home club will remain responsible for the organisation of the match and all related costs. If either club refuses to take part in the match, it will be held responsible for the match not taking place and the match will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by such club, which will be considered to have lost it 3-0.

I.1.5

In all cases, after the relevant draw or upon qualification of the club(s) for the next round, the clubs may agree - subject to UEFA’s approval - on a venue reversal or on a neutral venue (within the territory of a UEFA member association), provided that no restrictions apply and no city or stadium clash is caused with other UEFA fixtures.

I.1.6

Restrictions imposed by the national/local authorities of either club in a tie after the deadline for the clubs to inform the UEFA administration in accordance with Annex I.1.1 shall, in principle, not be taken into account. In such cases, the club whose national/local authorities have imposed restrictions preventing the match from taking place as scheduled will be held responsible and the match will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by such club, which will be considered to have lost it 3-0.

I.1.7

If in any of the above-mentioned cases, both clubs refuse to play or both are responsible for a match not taking place, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body disqualifies the clubs concerned from the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League and 2020/21 UEFA Europa League.

I.1.8

In all cases, the venue of a match must be approved by the UEFA administration, which has the right to assign an alternative venue for any particular match. These decisions are final. In any event, the home club will remain responsible for the organisation of the match and all related costs.