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UCL match relocation sends Klopp and Liverpool to Dortmund

By Peter Vice

Reports from Germany's Deutsche Presse Agentur and Westdeutscher Rundfunk found full confirmation on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the city of Dortmund affirmed that a December 9th UEFA Champions League encounter between Liverpool FC and FC Midtjylland will take place at Signal Iduna Park.

Jürgen Klopp.
Jürgen Klopp.Photo: Дмитрий Голубович/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

U.K. travel regulations requiring travelers from Denmark to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the country precluded the ability of FC Midtjylland to host a planned UCL fixture on December 9th.

With a postponement out of the question, the Danish Wolves had to seek out an alternate venue. On Thursday it was confirmed that both parties agreed to play the match in Germany.

The match will Liverpool trainer Jürgen Klopp to his old stomping ground for the first time in over four years. Unfortunately, the Dortmund spokesperson announcing the news also confirmed that the fixture will take place without audience participation.

Further relocations of football fixtures to German soil may be in the works as most states in the federal Bundesrepublik do exempt professional athletes from incoming travel restrictions.

After a country-wide November lockdown expressly forbade Bundesliga clubs from allowing any fans re-entry to stadiums, however, it looks as if no German football fans can hope to attend live matches until 2021.

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