RB Leipzig forced to give Liverpool £1.3MILLION as compensation for Champions League venue switch

RB Leipzig will have to compensate Liverpool to the tune of £1.3million after the second leg of their Champions League tie was moved to Budapest.

Wednesday’s return game cannot be played at Anfield because the German club would have to quarantine for 14 days upon returning home under their state’s Covid-19 rules.

The match was therefore switched to the Puskas Arena in Hungary’s capital – the same venue as the first leg last month – but at a cost for the Bundesliga club.

Liverpool and RB Leipzig will return to the Puskas Arena in Budapest for their second leg 

Mo Salah celebrates after opening the scoring against Leipzig in the first leg on February 16

Salah takes on the Leipzig team during the first leg, also played in the Hungarian capital


Bild report that Leipzig will have to stump up just over £1.3m to UEFA because of the governing body’s ‘Coronavirus Return to Play’ rules and this will go to the Reds as compensation for having to travel for their ‘home leg’.

It amounts to 10 per cent of the competition entry fee of £13m and the same compensation rule affected Liverpool for the first leg.

Leipzig’s commercial director Florian Scholz told Bild: ‘We cannot play the game in Liverpool due to the corona rules. So Liverpool had to look for a new venue.

‘Therefore, as the visiting club, according to UEFA regulations, we are obliged to pay compensation.’

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Julian Nagelsmann (right) have both had to give up home advantage

Under Saxony’s Covid regulations, anyone returning to the state from countries affected by mutations of the virus, including the United Kingdom, must quarantine for two weeks.

And Leipzig won’t just be hit by the compensation charge. They had to pay £257,000 rental costs to secure the Puskas Arena for the first leg, which they lost 2-0, and they have to make a 50 per cent share of these costs for the second leg.

The Budapest venue was selected for Wednesday’s game after use of the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam was blocked by the Dutch government.

The Reds won 2-0 at the same venue in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie

Udinese’s Stadio Friuli was another possibility, while other venues in Cyprus and Romania were discounted as the flight time was longer than to Budapest.

Though Liverpool have been forced to cede home advantage, the goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the first leg make them strong favourites to advance.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have also lost their last six Premier League matches at Anfield, so switching the venue could prove to be a blessing. 


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