- Travel rules require UK visitors to undergo PCR tests and self-isolate for several days
- The government has not yet confirmed whether there will be exemptions for elite sports
- sources have told sportsmail All existing discounts are being reviewed
- Man United’s home match against Young Boys may be moved to neutral venue
The Premier League is seeking an immediate clarification from the government on whether to exempt its clubs from travel restrictions, amid fears that next week’s Champions League and Europa League ties could be affected by the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 outbreak.
New travel rules requiring all visitors to the UK to undergo PCR tests and self-isolate for several days went into effect this morning, and the government has yet to confirm there will be exemptions for elite sport.
Under previous restrictions that were in place until October, elite players and athletes were able to avoid isolation by completing a fast-track PCR test within hours of landing, with the Premier League ensuring a loophole is curious.
The Premier League is seeking clarification amid fears that Champions League and Europa League ties could be affected by the Omicron COVID edition
The government has yet to confirm whether travel restrictions for elite sports will be relaxed
With the government moving quickly to bring in the new rules, sources told SportsMail on Monday night that all existing relaxations are being reviewed.
Failure to secure exemptions could put next week’s European fixtures at risk or prompt Premier League clubs to field weaker teams in the Champions League after they have all qualified for the last 16.
In another complication, Manchester United’s home match against the Young Boys could be moved to a neutral venue after the Swiss government on Monday imposed a 10-day quarantine upon UK arrivals.
There would be chaos regarding tickets and travel costs if the venue were to be moved with just a week to go, while it is still unclear whether fans will be allowed to travel to the match.
Switzerland revealed its first ‘probable’ Omicron case on Monday, while Swiss voters backed the government’s pandemic response plan in a referendum held 24 hours ago by a clear majority.
Man United Champions League match against Young Boys may be played at neutral venue