Champions League final moves from Istanbul to Porto, with 12,000 fans

The European Football Association (UEFA) had assigned the Champions League final to Istanbul. But because there is a fully English final with Manchester City and Chelsea on the bill, UEFA is turning its cart.

Turkey has been on the red list of travel destinations from Great Britain since last week, which means that no English fans can be present at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium.

UEFA was looking for solutions in Great Britain, but the quarantine measures turned out to be too big a stumbling block. Portugal, which is on the green list, then applied. That is why the Estadio do Dragao in Porto is now swinging its stadium gates open.

12,000 English fans are welcome in Porto, 6,000 for each team. The final of the Champions League is on the football calendar on May 29 at 9 p.m.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is pleased that a solution has been found. “The football fans have not been able to support their team for over 12 months. Reaching the Champions League final is a highlight for any club, however.”

“It was therefore not an option to deprive the fans of the chance to attend the final live. I am therefore very happy that there is a solution. I am very grateful to the Portuguese government and the Portuguese Football Association.”

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