Napoli owner wants UCL game moved from Barcelona

Champions League Paul Pogba Manchester United Bayern Munich

Champions League Paul Pogba Manchester United Bayern Munich

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has UEFA to consider moving the Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona out of Spain due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases.

He said: "I hear a lot of perplexity and fear coming from Spain and they're acting like nothing is wrong".

"How long would it take just to say that we could play in Portugal, Germany or Switzerland, it seems like we're back in school, nobody in UEFA knows how to do business".

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"The match is scheduled to be played in Barcelona as planned".

The match will be held on Saturday August 8 and will be the return of the round of 16 after the 1-1 draw in Italy on February 25. The continental tournament was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic and in May the governing body made a decision to stage the remainder of the UCL 2019-20 season - from quarter-finals onwards - in Portugal.

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"I don't understand why we have to go to a city that at the moment has huge problems", De Laurentiis declared.

After learning of a positive case of Covid-19 in the Real Madrid, were also reported infected in Seville, Almeria and Saragossa, taking into account the focus that was in the Fuenlabrada. "I don't understand why we must stay in a city that has major problems". "So I am surprised by all the noise this is creating".

A spike in Covid-19 cases has been recorded in Spain's north-eastern Catalonia region, and health authorities have instructed people to remain in their homes for 15 days to contain the spread.

"The outbreak [in Barcelona] is worrying because of the density of the population", he said at a news conference. This is a pandemic. We are on alert and acting appropriately.

Chelsea will play Bayern Munich on August 8 with Frank Lampard's side looking to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

The stadiums listed for UEFA's backup plan are Estadio do Dragao in Porto and Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes.

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