While this is bad news for Turkey, it is good news for Portugal, as the Champions League final will now be held in Porto, as announced by UEFA.
The Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea will be held at the Estádio do Drago FC Porto stadium in the north of the country on May 29.
“Porto was chosen to replace Istanbul due to the overwhelming travel obstacles faced by English supporters, given that Turkey is on the UK’s’red list,’” according to UEFA.
In collaboration with the Portuguese government and the Portuguese Football Federation, the stadium capacity for the game will be finalised and verified in due time (FPF). Fans of the finalist teams, on the other hand, will be able to purchase tickets directly from the clubs, with 6,000 seats available each club, which will go on sale as soon as possible.”
“Once again, we appeal to our Portuguese partners for assistance, and I am thankful to the Portuguese Football Federation and the Portuguese Government, as always, for agreeing to organise the game in such a short amount of time,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
The city of Porto and Estádio do Drago will host the third Champions League final in Portugal and the second in a row, after UEFA chose to hold a “final eight” in Lisbon, at the Luz and José Alvalade stadiums, particularly because of the global public health crisis