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Champions League final to be switched from Istanbul to Porto or Lisbon

After Uefa’s failed exemption guarantees to change the game to Wembley, Portugal is now a potential candidate to become the host of the Champions League.

A meeting has been held on Monday between Uefa, Football Association, and UK’s government officials in order to talk over the match between Chelsea and Manchester City. After this, Uefa’s decision was for the match to be switched since Turkey is part of high-risk level countries and as a result, the fans cannot travel.

However, Portugal is part of the green list countries, which allows the fans to travel for the match on May 29. Additionally, European football’s governing body also agrees that Portugal will be a better option since sponsors and newscasters will have access to the game.

So far, two possible venues have been taken into consideration – Porto and Lisbon. However, since Lisbon was a host to last year’s Champions League final as well, this means that it’s a potential venue.

People who will travel from England to green-list countries must obey the restrictions of those countries, but once they come back, quarantine is not necessary. On the other hand, people who return to England from high-risk level countries need to be quarantined for 10 days.

”Covid-19 red-list countries should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances.” said transport secretary Grant Shapps.

Shapps also mentioned that the FA communicated with Uefa about changing the game but this is a decision that belongs to Uefa only.

Moreover, Chelsea Supporters Trust have also come with a statement which says that they will request for the final to be moved to UK. On the other hand, Manchester City supporter groups stated that they will continue to ask for the match to be switched from Istanbul.

There’s also another issue in regards to Wembley because it is scheduled to host the Championship play-off which will take place on May 29. But, if Uefa asks for the match to be switched, then EFL would be able to consider this and then its board will make the decision.

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