The final of the Champions League will finally be played in Portugal, which already hosted the Champions League final in 2020. The finalists of the European Cup, Manchester City and Chelsea, two English clubs, will meet on May 29. at Do Dragao Stadium, Porto, rather than Istanbul, where the final was scheduled, and after also considering Wembley Stadium, London.
The change of venue, as also happened a year ago, comes after Turkey was added to England’s red list of countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks, posing risks for fans to travel to the country and could also affect to the agenda of the players, especially that of those who play the European Championship this summer. Portugal, however, is on England’s green list, included among the 12 low-risk territories where people are not required to self-quarantine upon their return starting next Monday, making it easier for thousands of English fans to travel. to attend the game.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the possibility of playing the final at Wembley (London), but finally UEFA has been inclined to play for the second consecutive year in Portugal after the British Executive could not guarantee entry into England of high officials, sponsors or guests without the need to quarantine.
In a statement issued this Thursday at noon, UEFA also reported the possibility that some 12,000 fans could attend the match as spectators. The total capacity of the stadium, reports the European body, will be confirmed in due course without affecting the City and Chelsea fans being able to start acquiring their seats through their respective clubs, which will have 6,000 tickets for the sale among its partners from this Thursday. In addition, from May 24, UEFA will start selling tickets to the general public.
“Fans have had to suffer for more than 12 months without being able to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football. Depriving those fans the chance to watch the game live was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found, ”said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.