The waiver request was rejected. The Liverpool Reds are not allowed to travel to the Leipzig pitch on February 16 to face the German team. German government restrictions prohibit all departures and arrivals from England until at least February 17.

It has been a few days now that the decision was pending, and it is now official: Liverpool are banned from traveling to Leipzig to play the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League on February 16.

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RB Leipzig had asked German authorities on Tuesday to grant Liverpool an exemption from the new strict rules for entering the territory from Britain linked to the pandemic, but it was rejected.

UEFA told ‘Sky Sports News’ that they are in discussions with the German Federation to find the most suitable solution. For the moment, several ideas are being considered: the first is to play the first leg at Anfield and play the second leg in Germany on Wednesday March 10, in case the said restrictions are lifted by then. If not, UEFA might consider hosting the game on neutral ground. Another solution, which seems less likely, is to transform this double-confrontation into a single match.

The pandemic has not finished disrupting European football, clubs like Arsenal and Juventus could also see their schedule disrupted …