Liverpool will not be able to enter Germany for the Champions League round of 16 first leg against Leipzig on February 16 due to measures against the spread of the coronavirus that prohibits the entry into the country of people from areas where mutations are highly widespread.
The German federal police on Thursday rejected a request from Leipzig for a special authorization to be granted to Liverpool.
A spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry explained that the Liverpool case is not covered by any of the possible exceptions to the general rule.
The Leipzig will now be tasked with finding a neutral venue and bearing the additional costs of party travel.
UEFA wants to be clear until February 8. A second possibility would be that the first leg would be played in England, trusting that the situation will have changed for the second leg to be played on 10 March.
The latter, however, would have to be accepted by Liverpool.
In any case, if a solution is not found, UEFA could consider the game lost for Leipzig 0-3.