Breaking: Roma won’t travel to Sevilla for UEL as Spain ban flights from Italy
Roma have officially confirmed that they will not travel to Spain to play their Europa League Round of 16 first leg against Sevilla.
It comes with Italy on complete lockdown to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus and other countries placing restrictions on football matches.
The first leg of the last-16 Europa League tie was due to take place on Thursday evening at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville.
Roma official announcement:
Roma will not travel to Spain for the Europa League match against Sevilla after the plane from Italy was not authorised to land in Spain.
Spain has so far confirmed 2,067 cases of the coronavirus and 47 deaths, while Italy has 10,149 cases with 631 deaths.
La Liga side Getafe’s president has announced that they will not travel to Italy for the Europa League match against Inter before.
Other Europa League fixtures on Thursday night – including Olympiacos vs Wolves and LASK vs Manchester United – will be played behind closed doors.
Roma’s issue could present problems for fellow Serie A side Napoli, who are set to travel to Barcelona for a Champions League tie next week.