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UEFA have gifted Arsenal, and most teams playing in the Women’s Champions League final 8, a lifeline by allowing registration of players signed for next season 2020/21 in this year’s tournament.
Originally UEFA stated that clubs could only use registered players signed before the original knock-out tournament date, i.e. players signed in the January transfer window or before.
Then an update came on Friday:
There is no doubt that the integrity of the competition is compromised by doing this, but Arsenal could have ended up in a situation with the team playing three games in nine days with only 16 players.
There was also the risk of Atletico Madrid playing in the final eight with no senior keeper, using a 17 or 16-year-old in goal.
UEFA made the following statement: “As most clubs were unable to extend existing contracts due to the additional financial burden, the UEFA Executive Committee has decided to allow the registration of six new players”.
In fact, many teams have made significant changes during the summer transfer window.
For example the two German teams, Wolfsburg and FC Bayern: