UEFA holding talks with Derry City's Europa League opponents FK Riteriai

UEFA is holding talks with Derry City's opponents, FK Riteriai and the Lithuanian Football Federation as they attempt to find a resolution to the quarantine restrictions which threaten next week's Europa League tie.

Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 6:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 6:20 pm
Derry City boss, Declan Devine could face a logistical nightmare ahead of next week's Europa League tie.

The UEFA Europa League first round qualifier between the teams scheduled for next Tuesday, August 25th in Vilnius was thrown into doubt after the Lithuanian government imposed new Covid-19 restrictions on those travelling to the country from Ireland and the UK.

As one of five additional countries deemed 'virus-affected' by the Baltic nation, those traveling from both the UK and Ireland will now be expected to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Lithuania.

As far as Derry City Football Club is concerned the match is on until they are told differently although 'discussions are continuing with the relevant authorities'," according to a club spokesperson.

The European tie may have to be moved to one of UEFA's neutral venue hubs if an exception can't be provided.

And while UEFA have yet to make a decision on the matter, the association today said they are in ongoing talks with host club, FK Riteriai in attempts to resolve the matter.

"UEFA is aware of the current situation, and we are in touch with FK Riteriai and the national association," said a spokesperson.