• Joseph Faulkner

Champions League Final Could Move To Portugal

The chances that the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea could be moved to Portugal continues to increase in order to allow fans attend the match.

The final which was originally scheduled for the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey is in the process of being moved to a new venue due to the ongoing cases of the Corona Virus in the country which led to the country being added to the UK's 'red list' of countries with the most severe travel restrictions.

The UK government met today with UEFA to look at the possibility of Wembley Stadium staging the finals since both finalists are from the Premier League but disagreements on quarantine waivers for visiting delegates, broadcasters and sponsors could not allow an agreement be reached.

UEFA is expected to make a final decision on Tuesday by which time the European football governing body hopes to have reached an agreement with the UK government but Portugal has emerged as a likely option if both UEFA and the British government fail to reach an agreement. European football's governing body feels in Portugal it is going to be easier to gain access for sponsors and broadcasters, who would need to be compensated if they were unable to attend the game.

Portugal has recently been added to the British government's 'green list' for foreign travel, meaning travelers can visit from May 17 without having to self-isolate when they return. If Portugal is awarded the hosting rights for the finals, it would mean the Champions League final will be staged in Portugal for the second time in two seasons after Lisbon's Estadio da Luz held Bayern Munich's triumph over Paris Saint-Germain last year.

Porto has been mentioned as a potential venue but it is understood Lisbon, which hosted last year's final, is also a possibility.

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