CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Kosovar club KF Drita, which was unable to play a preliminary round match of the 2020-2021 Champions League due to two cases of Covid-19 among its players and had been placed in quarantine, lost the game by forfeit, UEFA announced on Wednesday.
The meeting between KF Drita and FC Linfield (Northern Ireland) was to be played on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Nyon, on facilities located next to the UEFA headquarters. But after the revelation of a second positive case for Covid-19 in the Kosovar training, “the Swiss authorities, in cooperation with UEFA“, had decided to place Drita’s team in quarantine. In accordance with the UEFA protocol adopted a week ago and”due to urgent circumstances“, the disciplinary body of UEFA ruled, on appeal, that”Drita was forfeited and lost 3-0“The Linfield club are therefore qualified for the next round.
Tests carried out on the whole team before its arrival in Switzerland last week were negative. A first positive case was reported on Friday and the player was placed in quarantine, on the eve of the match won by Drita against Inter Club d’Escaldes (Andorra). On Saturday, the Linfield club had beaten the Tre Fiori (San Marino). The two matches were also played in Nyon.
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According to the UEFA protocol and its annex, in order to play, a team must have 13 healthy players. If a team does not have thirteen footballers on the “A list” of eligible players submitted in advance, UEFA “may authorize the rescheduling of the match“. If the match cannot be rescheduled, the team cannot field 13 players”will be held responsible“and will have lost match by the score of 3 to 0.
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