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Champions League: Napoli president calls for Barcelona game to be moved

Napoli's last-16 tie with Barcelona is poised at 1-1 ahead of the second leg at the Camp Nou on August 8.

"We are monitoring the situation and are in touch with the relevant local authorities", the governing body said in a statement.

And Napoli are concerned over the safety of playing the match in Barca with De Laurentiis suggesting it should be moved to Portugal. With football fever running high, Daniel Sa, executive director of the Portuguese Institute of Administration and Marketing, said that the country will see a surge in both fans and income. UEFA Champions League: As Teams Find Their Quarters and Semi-Final Rivals, a Look at Winners and Losers From UCL 2019-20 Draw.

"If they have decided that the Champions League is done in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany, I think we should play the return leg in Portugal or Germany".

Madrid plays at Manchester City on August 7 in the Champions League, while Sevilla is scheduled to face AS Roma in the Europa League next Thursday in Duisburg, Germany.


"You hear huge fears from Spain and UEFA just ignores the issue, I'm calling them constantly but it's embarrassing".

"What does it take to say, 'Don't go to Barcelona but rather go to Portugal, Germany or Geneva? It seems like we're back in school - nobody in UEFA knows how to do business".

UEFA confirmed this month that the remaining Champions League and Europa League round of 16 second-leg ties that were postponed because of COVID-19 in March would be played in the stadiums of the home teams.

And speaking on Thursday, Spanish health minister Salvador Illa admitted there is cause for concern with regards to the latest positive tests. This is a pandemic.

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