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Manchester United venue for Young Boys Champions League game is confirmed – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United will play Young Boys at Old Trafford next week after the Swiss side were given exemption from new travel restrctions.

There had been fears that a neutral venue for the final Champions League group stage fixture would have to be found after the Omricon variant of Covid-19 saw a raft of new measures introduced in Europe.

The Swiss government has imposed a 10-day quarantine on travellings from certain countries, including the United Kingdom, which would have meant Young Boys would have been unable to travel to England to fulfil the fixture.

That would have led to the match being switched to a neutral venue, as happened with several games in the competition towards the end of 2019/20 and last season.

But the Swiss Super League side have now confirmed they have been given an exemption and will be able to play the game at Old Trafford.

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A Young Boys spokesperson said: “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.

“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.”

United have already secured top spot in the group but Young Boys could yet finish third and qualify for the Europa League knockout stages if they can win the game.

The reverse fixture finished 2-1 to Young Boys after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent-off.

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