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Manchester City’s game with Real Madrid ‘to go ahead as planned’ despite new coronavirus rules

Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid is set to go ahead as originally planned despite new coronavirus rules put in place. 

The Government has re-imposed the requirement for travelers arriving in the UK from Spain to spend 14 days in quarantine.

It was decided that the UK should remove Spain from its list of safe countries to travel to, after fears were raised that the European country was experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections. 

This raised questions over whether Manchester City’s second-leg with Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium could still go ahead.

But The Sun have reported that the exemptions previously announced for participants in major sporting events will remain in place. 

It would a relief for both Manchester City and Real Madrid who have waited a very long time for the second-leg which took place on February 26 before football was stopped due to Covid-19.

The first-leg saw Manchester City come from behind to win 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks to goals from Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.

Manchester City will be hoping to finish off the job so they can join the rest of the teams in the quarter finals, with the remainder of the competition then set to take place in Portugal. 

The new rules means those who return to the UK from Spain will have to self-isolate for two-weeks.

It has been confirmed that the measures will come into effect from midnight tonight, and all returning travellers will be made to isolate for 14 days.

A UK Government spokesman said: ‘The Joint Biosecurity Centre together with Public Health England have updated their coronavirus assessments of Spain based on the latest data.

‘As a result, Spain has been removed from the lists of countries from which passengers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are exempted from the need to self-isolate.

‘Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the UK.

‘We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately to remove a country where necessary.

‘Both our list of quarantine exemptions and the FCO travel advice are being updated to reflect these latest risk assessments.

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