Due to the coronavirus travel restrictions, a number of UEFA Champions League and Europa League games have been switched to new venues by Europe’s football governing body UEFA
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were due to travel to Spain for the first leg of the last-32 tie on February 18, but coronavirus restrictions in that country have forced a change.
Sources told ESPN in October that any breakaway tournament, which would effectively replace the Champions League, could be doomed to failure as it would struggle to get crucial approval from governing bodies.
All three English sides will be seeded in the draw at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters, meaning they will avoid champions Bayern Munich and other big guns such as 13-time winners Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris St Germain and Borussia Dortmund.
The case involving the pair has to date centred around a CHF2 million (£1.6million/$2.2million/€1.8million) payment made by Blatter to Platini in 2011.
The Portuguese was deemed to be responsible for the late kick-off of the Europa League match against Royal Antwerp on October 29.
The punishment was for a delayed kick-off in their 1-0 UEFA Nations League home defeat by Hungary last month.
The soccer governing body said the decision is due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Times has reported.
The 32-year-old saw off opposition from club teammate and German number one Manuel Neur and the Belgium and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The arrival is happening just as much of the continent tightens its social restrictions against a second wave of the virus.
The European football governing body said Wednesday that the ceremony would take place without club representatives or media but with the players attending.
European Club Association chairman, Andrea Agnelli said on Tuesday that UEFA is repaying 575 million euros (680 million dollars).
This has come in the wake of the decision to close the country’s borders to curb a rise in coronavirus cases.
All games in the recent UEFA Champions League and Europa League final stage mini-tournaments have been played behind closed doors.
Fans will return to the stands on September 24, when the Champions League winners meet the Europa League winners in Budapest.
The issue was highlighted earlier this year when the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, PIF, was part of an investment group that made a bid to buy Premier League club Newcastle United.
The format was changed in order to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter time-span after the COVID-19 pandemic halted play for several months across Europe in March.
Manchester City were cleared on Monday of breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday it was a disgrace for such a decision to have been made.
Klopp said this at a virtual news conference on Tuesday.