Players Can Now Switch Clubs In Champions League

Football - Manchester City v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Second Round First Leg - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England - 24/2/15
General view of the UEFA Champions League trophy at the Etihad stadium before the match
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Players who switch clubs during the course of a season will be allowed to play for both in the Champions League under new rules announced by UEFA on Tuesday.

The European global football body said in a statement that it would also allow teams to use a fourth substitute in extra-time during Champions League and Europa League knockout ties.

The new ruling, to come into effect next season, means that a player who been fielded by one club in the group stage of the Champions League, and is transferred during the January window, can play for his new club in the knockout stages.

The same applies to the Europa League.

Under current rules, clubs who qualify for the knockout stage of either the Champions League or Europa League are allowed to register three new players.

These can include one player who has represented a different club in the Europa League group stages but none who have been fielded for another club in the Champions League group stage.

Abideen Owolabi

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