European football’s governing body, UEFA, has scrapped the “cup-tied’ rules.
The decision to abolish it was revealed by the continental football body earlier on Tuesday.
The new development means that players can now play for a different club in the knockout stage of the Champions League or Europa League even if they had previously played for one club in either competition within the same season.
Big news from UEFA today is the abolition of the "cup-tied" ruled. So if you play for one club in the Champions League or Europa League group stage, you can now play for a DIFFERENT club in the knockouts.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) March 27, 2018