The return match of 1/8 of the Europa League between Shakhtar and Wolfsburg to be held on 5 August in Kyiv at the NSC “Olympic”. Sports Director of the wolves Joerg Schmadtke criticized the decision of UEFA in connection with an epidemiological situation in Ukraine:
“Ukraine is not included in the list of countries that endorsed the Robert Koch Institute. UEFA has retained the ability to change the decision. Now accepted a solution but it may change. Most likely, eventually all will be known a week before the match. I think it is wrong to play in Ukraine. I hope the situation will change.
For logistical reasons, for both teams it would be easier to play in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the end, the goal of UEFA is to consider the interest of all parties. In this case, I believe, they have not succeeded”.