Manchester City's hopes of hosting Real Madrid in the second leg of their last-16 tie at Etihad received a timely boost after the British government announced that sports stars will be exempt from quarantine when they travel into the country.
UEFA had indicated that the tie would be held in a neutral venue as it was nearly impossible for foreign teams to jet in fora game without undergoing the mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to the coronavirus pandemic.
City had protested and asked UEFA to allow them to defend their 2-1, earned at Santiago Bernabeu in February, lead in England.
However, the new measures announced Sunday by Britain’s culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, allow events like Formula One, international soccer, golf and snooker events to take place in Britain. Competitors involved will be granted quarantine exemptions that will see them living and working in “bubbled” environments behind closed doors as part of stringent protocols to ensure they have a minimal impact on public health during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
International cricketers also are now formally exempt, although individual special arrangements have already been made for the touring West Indies and Pakistan teams this summer.