Champions League final moved to Estadio do Dragao Stadium

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The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will take place at the Estadio do Dragao Stadium in Portugal on 29 May.

The game has been moved from Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Turkey to the Portuguese city of Porto because of COVID-19 restrictions.

About 6,000 fans from both sides will be able to attend the much-awaited final.

“To deprive supporters of the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found,” said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

“Fans have had to suffer more than 12 months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football,” added Ceferin.

“After the year that fans have endured, it is not right that they don’t have the chance to watch their teams in the biggest game of the season.”

Portugal is on England’s green list which means players and fans can attend without having to quarantine on their return home, while Turkey is on the red list.

“The difficulties of moving the final are great and the FA and the authorities made every effort to try to stage the match in England, and I would like to thank them for their work in trying to make it happen,” he added.

“The Turkish Football Federation and the authorities have always been reliable partners of Uefa and I hope to be in Istanbul and Turkey for a Champions League final and many other events in the near future.

“I hope the final will be a symbol of hope at the re-emergence of Europe from a difficult period and that the fans who travel to the game will once again be able to lend their voices to showcase this final as the best in the club football.”

According to reports, Uefa, UK government officials and the Football Association met to talk about Wembley hosting the game but no agreement could be reached on quarantine exemptions for sponsors, VIPs and broadcasters.

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By FARPost Reporter

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