UEFA says Premier League fixtures CAN be played on the same night as Champions League games

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UEFA says Premier League fixtures CAN be played on the same night as Champions League games to ease Covid backlog after 18 top-flight matches were called off because of virus outbreaks at clubs

  • 18 Premier League matches have been postponed because of Covid-19
  • Authorities have been figuring out with clubs when to rearrange these games
  • Their life has been made easier after UEFA relaxed its rules over European nights
  • Ordinarily, domestic games cannot clash with Champions League fixtures
  • But governing body said they will take requests on a case-by-case basis  


UEFA has confirmed Premier League matches can be played on the same nights as Champions League knockout games in order to clear the Covid backlog.

18 top-flight matches in England have been postponed in recent weeks as Covid cases have mounted at a number of clubs and left them unable to field teams.

But UEFA has made life easier for the Premier League when it comes to rearranging these fixtures by relaxing its rules over domestic games coinciding with their continental competitions.

Premier League fixtures that have been postponed because of Covid-19 can be rescheduled on the same night as Champions League games after UEFA relaxed its rules

Premier League fixtures that have been postponed because of Covid-19 can be rescheduled on the same night as Champions League games after UEFA relaxed its rules

18 Premier League games - including Burnley vs Watford - have been postponed in recent weeks because of Covid-19 outbreaks within clubs

18 Premier League games – including Burnley vs Watford – have been postponed in recent weeks because of Covid-19 outbreaks within clubs

The Times report that European football’s governing body will consider requests on a case-by-case basis when no other suitable date can be found.

A statement read: ‘UEFA is aware of the difficulty of the situation and that the match calendar is highly impacted by Covid.

‘As a general principle, the MoU [memorandum of understanding] applies, but we will, of course, discuss this issue with our stakeholders in order to find an amicable solution for all parties involved, in the event that a clash should occur.’

The Champions League is scheduled to resume with the last-16, first leg ties on February 15 with all four English representatives – Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United – still in the competition.

The match between Leeds and Southampton in February was played on a European evening

The match between Leeds and Southampton in February was played on a European evening

But the European games offer an opportunity to reschedule postponed games not involving this quartet and also, given the last-16 ties are spread over several weeks, there should be an opportunity to rearrange matches involving them too.

United saw their pre-Christmas games against Brentford and Brighton called off because of a Covid outbreak within their squad, while Liverpool’s Boxing Day match against Leeds United also fell victim.

Chelsea and City have to date not seen any postponements as a result of Covid.

The Champions League game between Atletico and Chelsea was played on the same day

The Champions League game between Atletico and Chelsea was played on the same day

On February 23 last year, the Premier League match between Leeds United and Southampton kicked off at 6pm on a Champions League night that saw Chelsea travel to play Atletico Madrid and Lazio face Bayern Munich.

That came about because the original game had to be moved in order to accommodate an FA Cup tie between Southampton and Shrewsbury Town postponed due to a Covid outbreak at the League One club.

Full list of PL postponements 

December 12

Brighton vs Tottenham

December 14

Brentford vs Manchester United

December 15

Burnley vs Watford

December 16

Leicester vs Tottenham

December 18

Aston Villa vs Burnley

Manchester United vs Brighton 

Southampton vs Brentford   

Watford vs Crystal Palace

West Ham vs Norwich

December 19

Everton vs Leicester

December 26

Burnley vs Everton

Liverpool vs Leeds

Wolves vs Watford

December 28

Arsenal vs Wolves

Leeds vs Aston Villa

December 30

Everton vs Newcastle United

January 1

Leicester City vs Norwich City

January 2

Southampton vs Newcastle 

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