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Sheikh Mansour set to fund City fans' trip to UCL final in Portugal

Tue 18 May 2021 | 15:10

The owner of the Cityzens Club has agreed to arrange for fans to fly to Portugal to watch the team play in the European Championship.

Sheikh Mansour has revealed that he will finance a ticket to the

Champions League

final on May 29 for Manchester City fans. 

As City takes on Chelsea in the European Cup final at Porto's Estadio do Dragao later this month, they will be making their first-ever appearance in a European Cup final. 

The showpiece was initially scheduled to take place in Istanbul but had to be rescheduled after Turkey was added to the UK's travel ban list, with fans only able to travel to Portugal for the match without being subjected to quarantine upon their return.

According to a

statement released by the Club

on Tuesday, City's rich owner has vowed to pay all of the Club's fans' travel expenses to Porto, according to a statement released by the Club. 

"Manchester City FC has announced that His Highness Sheikh Mansour will fund the flight and transfer costs for the Official Club trip to the Champions League Final in Porto at the end of the month," the statement reads.

"Thousands of City supporters will benefit from the initiative which is designed to ease the financial pressure on fans who have faced - and are still facing - challenging circumstances due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"Cognisant of how the pandemic has affected all Manchester City supporters and has created an increase in travel costs, Sheikh Mansour has sought to remove the most significant financial barrier to fans attending the final."

Sheikh Mansour added on the initiative:

"Pep [Guardiola] and the team have had such a remarkable season, and their reaching the Champions League Final after a very challenging year represents a truly historic moment for the Club. 

"It is therefore incredibly important that as many fans as possible have the opportunity to attend this special game. Especially those who have supported Manchester City through good and bad times for so many years." 

Pep's team beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the round of 16 and Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, before facing last year's finalists Paris Saint-Germain. 

City crushed the French champions 4-1 on aggregate across both legs of the semi-final, setting up an all-English final against Chelsea, who defeated Real Madrid in their last-four clash.


source: SportMob