Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur had Europa League last-32 games moved to different venues after COVID-19 regulations made travelling to and from their opponents’ countries impossible to manage.
Both legs of Arsenal’s tie against Benfica have been moved to neutral venues due to travel restrictions in the United Kingdom with respect to arrivals from Portugal.
According to a statement issued by UEFA, the European football governing body, the first leg, which was due to be played at the Estadio Da Luz on Feb. 18, has been moved to Rome while the second leg will be played in Athens at Olympiakos Piraeus’ ground a week later.
Arsenal’s home leg on Feb. 25 was moved because Portugal is on the UK’s ‘red list’, which means those arriving from the country must self-isolate for 10 days, with no exemptions for elite athletes.
“UEFA can confirm that the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Arsenal and Benfica will now take place at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in Piraeus, Greece,” the statement said.