UEFA: Courtois free to face Chelsea


Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be free to face his parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals, UEFA claimed Friday.

European soccer’s governing body said that any provision in Courtois’ loan agreement preventing his participation is against the competition’s rules.

“Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match,” they said in a statement.