Manchester City vs.  Chelsea: the Portuguese government's restrictions for the Champions League final

Manchester City Y Chelsea they will play the final of the Champions League on May 29 at the Estadio do Dragao, in Porto, Portugal and will be attended by 12 thousand fans. Two weeks before the meeting, the Portuguese authorities announced the restrictions that fans must comply with.

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Although the information has not been made official, the Portuguese government would have decided to limit the stay of the fans of the Manchester City y Chelsea for just 24 hours. The idea is that the fans only enter and leave the country during the day of the game, that is, on May 29, and avoid tourism.

This was explained by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Mariana Vieira da Silva, in a talk with BBC Sports. “There will be two fan zones and from there they will move to the stadium and from the stadium to the airport, being in Portugal less than 24 hours”, He said.

Annoyance in English fans

The end of the Champions League It was stipulated to be played in Istanbul, Turkey, but due to the alarming number of coronavirus infections it was announced that the new headquarters would be in Portugal. However, in retail stores Manchester City y Chelsea They were unaware of the restrictions that the Portuguese government would propose.

Faced with this new panorama, thousands of English fans consider “One more obstacle for the trip to the final of the Champions League.” The Chelsea Supporters Trust spoke of a “sham”, the official website of the Manchester City offers full day packages for its fans. However, UEFA expects Portugal to reconsider its restrictions and be more flexible by that date.


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