David or no David: AA Gent’s goals remain unchanged. For example, the vice champion not only wants to participate fully for the title, but also hopes to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League next month. For that, the Buffalos still have to survive three preliminary rounds.
Moreover, Jess Thorup does not only have to fear difficult opponents such as Benfica, Besiktas or Dynamo Kyiv, but of course there is also still the corona virus. That this still has to be taken into account, was illustrated by KF Drita on Tuesday. The Kosovo champions lost their game against Northern Ireland’s FC Linfield 3-0 forfeit after two positive COVID 19 cases, quarantining the entire Swiss authorities squad where the match would continue on neutral grounds.
In accordance with UEFA’s corona regulations, this means a defeat and consequently the elimination of Drita at the champions ball, where Linfield qualifies for the next round without taking up the position. After all, these protocols state that a team must have at least 13 healthy players from its original list in order to play. If not, the match can be rescheduled or even lost. AA Ghent, which has already been falsely startled around Roman Yaremchuk, has already been warned.
POLL: Logical decision by UEFA?