UEFA Champions League final moved from Istanbul to Porto due to travel restrictions

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UEFA has chosen to move the flagship event to Portugal as the country is one of the few places the British can easily reach despite Covid-19 restrictions.

Turkey, on the other hand, is on the UK’s travel red list, which means people are actively discouraged from visiting the country.

The British government was willing to hold the final in England in order to avoid unnecessary travel by fans, but an agreement could not be reached on the necessary exemptions from the British quarantine provisions, according to UEFA.

The final will be played at the Estadio Dragao on May 29. UEFA said 6,000 supporters from each club could attend.

“Fans have had to suffer more than twelve months without being able to see their teams live and reaching the Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football,” UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said in a statement .

“Depriving these supporters of the chance to see the game in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise was found.”

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He added: “I hope that the final will be a symbol of hope for Europe to re-emerge from a difficult time and that the fans who come to the match can once again lend their voice to present this final as the better. in club football. “

UEFA thanked the Turkish authorities for their understanding and said it would urgently examine the possibilities of hosting a tournament in Istanbul in the near future.

Porto will now host the second all-English final in three seasons after Liverpool beat Tottenham in 2019. Chelsea will play their first final in nine years while Manchester City make their debut late in the season, having won the Premier League on Tuesday.

Last season’s delayed final took place behind closed doors in Lisbon, Portugal, and was won by Bayern Munich.

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