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The Champions League final moved from Istanbul to Porto amid travel restrictions




UEFA chose to move the event to Portugal, as the country is one of the few places where the British can easily travel amid Covid-19 restrictions.

Turkey, on the other hand, is on the UK’s red list of travelers, which means it is actively discouraging the country’s visit.

The British government had been open to holding the final in England to avoid unnecessary travel for fans, but no agreement could be reached on the necessary exemptions from UK quarantine agreements, according to UEFA.

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

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

“Depriving fans of the opportunity to watch the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that such a compromise has been found.”

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He added: “I hope that the final will be a symbol of hope in the re-emergence of a difficult period in Europe and that fans who travel to the game can lend their voice again to show this final as the best in football. of the club “.

UEFA thanked the Turkish authorities for their understanding and said it would urgently look for opportunities to host 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 compete in their first final in nine years, while Manchester City will make their debut at the end of the season, having won the Premier League on Tuesday.

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