J.2 Venue and country restrictions - Europa League

Regulations of the UEFA Europa League

Content Type
Competition Regulations
Category
Clubs
Subject
UEL
Edition
2021/22
Language
English (United Kingdom)
Enforcement Date
30 August 2021
J.2.1

All clubs participating in the group stage must ensure that matches can be played at the UEFA approved venues in accordance with the published calendar and shall cooperate with their national association in order to obtain from the relevant authorities exemptions from existing travel restrictions, such as border closures and quarantine requirements, for the match to take place as scheduled.

J.2.2

If, nonetheless, such an exemption cannot be obtained, the club in question shall confirm in writing to the UEFA administration any travel restrictions that would impact the staging of, or travelling to, one of their group stage matches by the following deadlines:

  • at the latest on 2 September 2021 (12:00 CET) for the group stage matchdays 1-2;

  • at the latest on 4 October 2021 (12:00 CET) for the group stage matchdays 3-4;

  • at the latest on 8 November 2021 (12:00 CET) for the group stage matchdays 5-6.

Clubs must immediately inform UEFA of any change to travel restrictions or exemptions secured after the above-mentioned deadlines.

J.2.3

As a rule, matches are played at the UEFA approved venue of the home club. If restrictions imposed by the national/local authorities could result in the match not taking place as scheduled, the following applies:

  1. 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 within 24 hours of the relevant deadline stipulated under Annex J.2.2, 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. The home club will remain responsible for the organisation of the match and all related costs. If the home club fails to propose such suitable alternative venue by the aforementioned deadline and a reorganisation of the match at an alternative venue and/or date is not possible, 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. Moreover, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body may take any further disciplinary measures in accordance with Paragraph 28.01 of the present regulations.

  2. 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 within 24 hours of the relevant deadline stipulated under Annex J.2.2, 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 within the aforementioned deadline, the UEFA administration will take a final decision on the match venue and/or match date. The home club will remain responsible for the organisation of the match and both clubs will share the related costs in equal measure. Furthermore, an amount equal to 10 % of the fixed starting fee received in the competition (in accordance with Paragraph 61.05 of the present regulations) will be deducted from the payments due to the visiting club and paid to the home club as a compensation. 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. Moreover, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body may take any further disciplinary measures in accordance with Paragraph 28.01 of the present regulations.

J.2.4

Where possible, clubs should try to use as an alternative venue the UEFA approved venue used in the group stage by another club. UEFA reserves the right to consider the proposed alternative venue as not suitable and take a final decision on the match venue and/or match date. All clubs participating in the group stage shall use best endeavours to make their UEFA approved venue available, whenever possible, as a neutral venue for other matches in the competition.

J.2.5

In all cases, 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 and in compliance with Annex J.2.3), provided that no restrictions apply and no city or stadium clash is caused with other UEFA fixtures.

J.2.6

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 J.2.2) is not accurate or is insufficient or received too late, 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 and/or match date as well as on which club has to bear the costs related to the reorganisation of the match. In any case, the home club will remain responsible for the organisation of the match. 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. Moreover, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body may take any further disciplinary measures in accordance with Paragraph 28.01 of the present regulations.

J.2.7

If a club fails to inform the UEFA administration of any existing restrictions that affect the organisation of a match and as a consequence the match cannot take place or be rescheduled, 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. Moreover, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body may take any further disciplinary measures in accordance with Paragraph 28.01 of the present regulations.

J.2.8

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 or even to decide that both matches of the respective teams in the group stage to be rescheduled (in accordance with Annex J.4.1) and/or played in a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association). These decisions are final. In any event, the home club will remain responsible for the organisation of the match and all related costs