UEFA has confirmed that the Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea has been moved to the Romanian capital of Bucharest.
Options had to be explored for a neutral venue after Spanish authorities banned travel from the United Kingdom, with Warsaw also having been looked at.
The match was due to be played at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium but UEFA regulations dictated that an alternative venue must be found by the Spanish club.
In a statement released on Wednesday, European football’s governing body wrote:
“UEFA is able to officially confirm that the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea FC will now be played at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest.
“The date of the match (23 February 2021) and the kick-off time (21:00 CET) will remain the same.
“UEFA would like to express its gratitude to Club Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea FC for their support and close cooperation, as well as the Romanian Football Federation for their assistance and agreeing to stage the match.”