• Elite sport not exempt from new Covid travel restrictions
  • Portugal on list of countries that would lead to quarantine

Arsenal are exploring alternative venues for their Europa League last-32 tie with Benfica, which looks unlikely to be played in England or Portugal given strict Covid-19 quarantine regulations.

The UK government has placed Portugal on a “red list” for international travel this month, meaning anyone arriving in the UK from that country is required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. That is obviously impractical for Arsenal when they return from the first leg, scheduled to take place in Lisbon on 18 February, and similarly for Benfica’s hopes of playing at the Emirates a week later.

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