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Champions League final set to be held in Portugal

Thu 13 May 2021 | 11:50

Chelsea and Manchester City will have their Champions League showdown at Estadio do Dragao.

UEFA officially announced a few minutes ago that the final match of the Champions League between

Chelsea

and

Manchester City

will be held at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal.

The match was initially supposed to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. However, following the escalation of the coronavirus outbreak in Turkey and the restrictions on traveling from the UK, the English government and the Football Association have requested that the final be held at Wembley in London.

Despite several stadiums in England being prepared to host the final, UEFA has decided to consider a different venue for the last Champions League showdown.

A statement from UEFA reads:

"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.

"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.

"The stadium capacity for the match will be finalized and confirmed in due course in cooperation with the Portuguese authorities and the FPF.  However, fans of the competing teams will be able to buy tickets through the clubs in the usual way, with the 6,000 tickets per club going on sale as soon as possible from today.  Arrangements for the sale of tickets to the general public will start on 24 May 2021 at 1400 CEST."


source: SportMob