Ever since the UK government placed Turkey on their red list, it was evident that the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, which was set to be played at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, will be moved out of the country.
The same has been confirmed by UEFA and the final will now be played at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao on May 29. The UEFA further confirmed that 12000 fans, 6000 each for Manchester City and Chelsea will be allowed to be present in the stadium.
Portugal is on the green list of the UK government which means that the returning players won’t have to quarantine in UK, which was not the case with Turkey.
“After a year of fans being locked out of stadiums, UEFA thought that everything needed to be done to ensure the supporters of the two finalist teams could attend”, said UEFA
“UEFA discussed moving the match to England but, despite exhaustive efforts on the part of the Football Association and the authorities, it was not possible to achieve the necessary exemptions from UK quarantine arrangements.
“The Portuguese authorities and the FPF stepped in and worked quickly and seamlessly with UEFA to offer a fitting venue for the final and, as Portugal is a green list destination for England, fans and players attending the final will not have to quarantine on their return home.
UEFA further praised the effort of Turkish football authorities and said that they will urgently look into future opportunities for Istanbul.
“The decision does not come without big regret for the work that the Turkish football authorities have done over the last two years to ensure the successful staging of the final in Istanbul. UEFA is grateful also for their continued partnership and cooperative spirit as well as the understanding they showed in this particular circumstance and will urgently look into future opportunities for the city of Istanbul.”
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