On 29 May, the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea was moved from Istanbul to Porto to allow English fans to travel amid restrictions imposed due to the Kovid-19 pandemic.
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The final was scheduled for the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, but last week Turkey put Britain on the “red list” of visits, meaning that no English fan could go to the game. Now the match will be played at Estadio do Drago, which belongs to Porto.
UEFA said that each club will receive 6,000 tickets which are scheduled to begin on Thursday. Audience capacity for the final will still be decided.
There was discussion to move the final to Wembley Stadium in London, but UEFA stated that “despite exhaustive efforts by the English Federation and authorities, it was not possible to obtain the necessary exceptions to the UK’s quarantine requirements”.
UEFA President Alexander Safferin said, “I think we can all agree that we don’t expect to experience a year again.” He said, “without the fans watching their teams and the Champions League finals It took more than 12 months to arrive at the club, the club is the pinnacle of football. “” Denying these fans the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am glad that this agreement has been reached. “
Portugal was placed on the British government’s “Green List” from 17 May, meaning that fans of the two English clubs would be free to travel for the match. The country is in the final stages of deflation and hopes to lift the travel ban by 17 May.
Officials of the Turkish Football Federation have told Reuters that they hope to host the 2023 Champions League final, which will be part of the Republic’s centenary celebrations.