FLASH | UEFA Champions League Final Moved From Istanbul To Porto Over COVID-19

by on May 13, 2021

The Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea has been moved from Istanbul to Porto.

The match scheduled for May 29 has been switched to allow English spectators to attend as travel between the United Kingdom (UK) and Turkey is suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

European football’s governing body had earlier announced that up to 6,000 supporters from each club will be able to attend.

In a statement, Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA president said: “We accept that the decision of the British Government to place Turkey on the red list for travel was taken in good faith and in the best interests of protecting its citizens from the spread of the virus but it also presented us with a major challenge in staging a final featuring two English teams.

“After the year that fans have endured, it is not right that they don’t have the chance to watch their teams in the biggest game of the season.”

Newspaper reports earlier this week had claimed that the match would be played at London’s Wembley Stadium.

According to Ceferin, “The difficulties of moving the final are great and the FA and the authorities made every effort to try to stage the match in England and I would like to thank them for their work in trying to make it happen.”

Coronavirus rules in the UK made it difficult to hold the fixture in the English capital, UEFA said.

It said: “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.”

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