Confusion reigns ahead of Leverkusen leg after latest Rangers SLO update
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Confusion reigns ahead of Leverkusen leg after latest Rangers SLO update

There is confusion surrounding the second lie of the Europa League Last 16 clash between Rangers and Bayer Leverkusen after an update from the Gers’ SLO on Twitter.

At just after 7 pm on Tuesday evening, the official Bayer Leverkusen English Twitter account released a statement asserting that both their league fixture at Werder Bremen on Monday 16th March and the second leg against Rangers on 19th would be played behind closed doors.

That information was then picked up and widely reported in the media.

However, an hour after the update from Leverkusen, the Rangers Supporters Liason Officer, Greg Marshall, tweeted to assert that the club had not been informed of any official call on the matter.

“Rangers has received no confirmation, either from UEFA or Bayer Leverkusen, that the return leg of our Europa League round of 16 tie will be played behind closed doors next week,” he wrote. “Until we have official confirmation there is not much we can say or do.”

“However, while we are concerned about the stress caused to our supporters, who have made arrangements to travel to Germany we also fully understand the seriousness of the growing problems being caused by coronavirus and appreciate that appropriate measures must be taken.”

There has been no further word from the SLO’s Twitter account, while the UEFA website is yet to add the tie to its list of fixtures affected by measures regarding the COVID-19 virus.

The Rangers SLO claims there has been no official word from Leverkusen or UEFA on the matter. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

Therefore, we can assume for now that despite the German club’s claim, a final decision has not yet been agreed upon for the second leg.

Given that thousands of Bears are expected to make the trip to Germany, it’s of paramount importance that the situation is cleared up as soon as possible, with many likely to be seeking compensation should there be no prospect of entering the stadium on matchday.