RB Leipzig forced to pay Liverpool £1.3m compensation after Reds' Champions League clash moved from Anfield

RB LEIPZIG will have to fork out £1.3million after German law forced Liverpool to move their Champions League match to Budapest.

A 2-0 win for the Reds in the 'away' leg last month has put them on course for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Anfield was due to host Wednesday's second leg of the clubs' last-16 tie.

However, a Saxony ruling which demands all returnees from the UK quarantine for 14 days upon arrival means the game must be played at a neutral venue.

Like the first leg of the tie, the return game will take place at Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital.

Bild report on this change triggering a Uefa clause that will earn Liverpool compensation for being unable to play their home tie at Anfield.

This will amount to ten per cent of the £13m match fee, or £1.3m.

Uefa guidelines stipulate that, as the visiting club are responsible for the venue change, they must pay up.

It is not expected that Liverpool had to pay compensation for the reverse fixture being taken out of Leipzig, as UK law enabled them to travel to and from Germany.

A Government red list has been drawn up whereby returnees from 33 countries must undergo a hotel quarantine for ten days upon arrival.


Elite sports people are not exempt from this regulation but, in any case, Germany is not currently on the list.

The same cannot be said for Portugal, which forced both legs of Arsenal's Europa League tie with Benfica to be moved.

Because the two nations are on each other's banned lists, Uefa compensation was exchanged between the clubs for both games, reported by the Mail to amount to £44,000.

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