Old Trafford still set to host United vs BSC Young Boys
Manchester United remains able to host their final Champions League group stage fixture next Wednesday against BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford after growing concerns surrounding a new Covid-19 crisis after another variant has emerged.
According to BBC Sport, the current Swiss holders were facing a potential 10-day forced-isolation period amid new restrictions after the rise of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, and according to UEFA rules, a new venue could have possibly been the solution. Such action would have meant that the club would have lost millions in matchday revenue if the matchday six clash was moved to a neutral venue.
YB hat vom Kanton Bern eine Sonderbewilligung für die Auswärtsspiele in der UEFA Champions League und der UEFA Youth League erhalten. Somit müssen Spieler und Staff nach der Rückreise nicht in zehntägige Quarantäne.
— BSC YOUNG BOYS (@BSC_YB) December 1, 2021
But in a statement released by BSC on their official website, their trip to Old Trafford to clash with Ralf Rangnick’s United is set to go ahead after permission was granted by the Canton of Bern;
“BSC Young Boys has received a special permit from the Canton of Bern for away games in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Youth League. This means that the players and staff of the teams do not have to be in ten-day quarantine after returning from the UEFA Champions League game Manchester United – YB on Wednesday, December 8th. This would have meant that the Swiss champions would not have been able to play the championship games against Sion (December 12) and Basel (December 15) and would also have played the last game of the year on December 19 in Lugano, coming straight from quarantine have to.
The BSC Young Boys points out that the players and the staff from Tuesday, December 7th, and the departure from the Wankdorf stadium via the charter flight to Manchester until the return trip on Thursday, December 9th, in a strictly separated bubble will stop. This concept has already proven itself on the five European trips to the away games this season.
The BSC YB would like to thank the Canton of Bern for the flexibility and the exemption and will do everything in its power to continue to act as a role model.”
The situation in Group F
No matter what happens a week from today at the Theatre of Dreams, Manchester United has been confirmed as the winner of Group F after doing the double over second-sitting Villarreal in group play.
Despite the torrid time the club have been through in the Premier League this season, the Red Devil’s have still found enough in the tank to top a group that is deceptively tricky, which is certainly reflected in the table s they sit just three points ahead of Villarreal, while Atalanta is a point behind the Spanish outfit when the two clash in Bergamo next week.
As for BSC, the Swiss champions will be hopeful of springing a surprise result on their travels, and should they earn a memorable three-points at one of the world’s most famous football grounds, they will be left banking on a Villarreal win which would gift them passage into the knockout stage of the Europa League.
BSC reached the round of sixteen in that competition last season, finishing second in a group that comprised of Serie A giants AS Roma, Romanian outfit CFR Cluj, and Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia. They then went on to upset Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen over two legs in the round of 32 before being thumped by Ajax 5-0 on aggregate.
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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