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Uefa confirm Europa League restart plans

Manchester United are set to complete their Europa League campaign in Germany after Uefa announced plans to restart the competition in August.


Uefa deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti confirmed the straight knockout quarter-finals and semi-finals, as well as the final, will be played across four regions - Cologne, Duisborg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen - in Germany between August 10 and 21. The final will be held in Cologne, relocated from Gdansk, Poland.

United are 5-0 up against Austrian side LASK Linz ahead of their second leg in the round-of-16 and could still play the second leg at Old Trafford with the venue yet to be confirmed.

In a statement, Uefa said: "A decision is pending on whether the round of 16 second legs will take place at the home team's stadium or in Germany. The ties where the first leg was also postponed – namely Inter vs Getafe and Sevilla vs Roma – will be played as a single leg at a venue to be confirmed.

"Round of 16 fixtures will kick off at either 18:55 CET or 21:00 CET, with all subsequent fixtures beginning at 21:00 CET. The date for the quarter-final and semi-final draws will be communicated in due course; the exact match schedule will then follow."

If United win the Europa League, they will face the Champions League winners in the European Super Cup in Budapest on September 24.

Elite football in Europe was suspended in March following the coronavirus outbreak and the Europa League and Champions League ties are still at the last 16 stage. The European Championship, which was due to start this month, has been pushed back to 2021 and the Women's Euros has been moved back to 2022.

Europa League schedule:August 5-6: Round of 16 (venues to be confirmed)

August 10–11: Quarter-finals (Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen)

August 16–17: Semi-finals (venues to be confirmed)

August 21: Final (Cologne)

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