Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid to be moved after government announcement

Chelsea’s Champions League fixture with Atletico Madrid later this month will almost certainly have to be played outside Spain.

The Blues were set to take on Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano in the Spanish capital on February 23 in the first of two legs in their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

But the fixture will now have to be played outside of Spain after Spanish authorities confirmed the extension of the ban on UK flights earlier this evening due to coronavirus variants.

Spain have now extended the ban for a third time, meaning flights from the UK will not be allowed unless they are carrying Spanish nationals or residents.

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The new extension is set to last up until March 2 and the decision on whether to extend the ban again will be taken in the days leading up to that date.

The latest ban was expected to run until February 16 before today’s extension which has been made due to the coronavirus variants found in the UK, with Brazil and South Africa also included in the ban.

As has been the case in a number of Champions League and Europa League fixtures, Chelsea’s fixture with Atletico Madrid will now have to be moved to another country.

It has now been confirmed just where the game will be played, but it’s understood Atletico Madrid were already lining up potential venues in case the Spanish authorities decided to extend the travel ban with Bucharest and Warsaw considered, according to Goal.

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