The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League final is “increasingly likely” to be moved from Istanbul to Porto after Turkey was added to the red list for travel from the United Kingdom, according to a report.
UEFA are on the brink of awarding Porto the UEFA Champions League Final of the 2020-21 season between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29 as they look for a new location to host the final.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 12, 2021
The 2021 Champions League final had initially been scheduled for Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium but the UK government’s decision to place Turkey on its travel red list due to rising COVID-19 cases in the country forced UEFA to move the venue. Talks with the UK government over quarantine waivers prompted an impasse that meant London’s Wembley Stadium was unable to host the game.
UEFA decided to move the game to Portugal to avoid these complications, while Istanbul is now expected to host the final in 2023.
UEFA wants as many fans as possible to be able to attend the final and Portugal offers the twin benefits of allowing supporters back in stadia and being on the UK’s green list, meaning Chelsea and Manchester City fans will be able to attend if they can secure tickets. As it stands Portuguese law will allow attendance at live events but only to 10 percent capacity. The Dragao seats 50,035 attendees and UEFA is said to hope that up to 20,000 supporters will be able to attend the game.
In a meeting with the Chelsea Supporters Trust, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin offered assurances that fans of both finalists will receive priority for tickets to the match, vice-chair of the fan group Dom Rosso said on Twitter.
I can inform our members of the following ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/DQIqUSF0a4
— Dom Rosso (@DomTheRosso) May 12, 2021