• Joseph Faulkner

Man City owner To Pay Flight Cost of travelling fans to UCL Final

Manchester City owner, Sheik Mansour announced today that he will cover the flight cost of every Manchester City official supporter travelling to Portugal for the UEFA Champions League final.

The final between Manchester City and Chelsea billed for the 29th of May was earlier scheduled to take place at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul Turkey was moved to Portugal because of COVID restrictions by the UK government on travels to Turkey.

According to the Portuguese government, The 12,000 supporters that have tickets for the game will have to fly in and out on the same day and remain in a ‘bubble’ while visiting. Due to these strict conditions over fans’ visit to Portugal, Manchester City owner, Sheik Mansour has decided to pay the cost of their travel to and from Portugal.

A City statement read: “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.

“The COVID inflated costs, combined with necessary but expensive PCR testing, would have rendered the trip to the final unmanageable for many of those supporters lucky enough to qualify for a ticket.

“Due to the necessary COVID related restrictions in place, the majority of fans wishing to attend the historic first final for the Club, are required to do so within a 24-hour trip, meaning that His Highness’ initiative will fund the transport of several thousand City fans on the official travel package on the day of the final.”

Sheikh Mansour said: “Pep 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.”

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