EUROPA League: Roma Will Not Be Traveling To Spain To Play Sevilla
March. 11, 2020
Italian side AS Roma have been forced to abandon their Europa League fixture against Sevilla because the Serie A side's plane was not cleared to land in Spain.
Roma was slated to take on Seville in the last-16 first-leg game of the UEFA Europa League with the initial plan had been to play the game behind closed doors amid coronavirus fears.
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According to reports from Italy, the Spanish government decided to refuse entry to planes from Italy on Tuesday but UEFA requested an exception on behalf of Roma; a request that was denied by the Spanish government on Wednesday.
UEFA has yet to publicly comment but is expected to reschedule the game.
Italy has been the most hit nation in Europe on Coronavirus cases outside China with the entire country has been placed in lockdown.
Serie A, along with all sport in Italy, is currently suspended until 3 April, but this does not include Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions. In Spain, La Liga games are to be played without fans present until 15 April.
The news comes at a time when Spanish side Getafe are reportedly refusing to travel to Italy to face Inter Milan in their Europa League match on Thursday.