Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea to be played in Porto

Manchester City will face Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 29 at Porto’s Estádio do Drago.

After days of negotiations between UEFA, the UK government, and the clubs, the match has been moved from its original venue, the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

What have UEFA said:

“UEFA discussed moving the match to England but, despite exhaustive efforts on the part of the Football Association and the authorities, it was not possible to achieve the necessary exemptions from UK quarantine arrangements.

“The Portuguese authorities and the FPF stepped in and worked quickly and seamlessly with UEFA to offer a fitting venue for the final and, as Portugal is a green list destination for England, fans and players attending the final will not have to quarantine on their return home.

“The stadium capacity for the match will be finalised and confirmed in due course in cooperation with the Portuguese authorities and the FPF. However, fans of the competing teams will be able to buy tickets through the clubs in the usual way, with the 6,000 tickets per club going on sale as soon as possible from today. Arrangements for the sale of tickets to the general public will start on 24 May 2021 at 1400 CEST.”

After having to relocate the final from Istanbul to Portugal for the second year in a row, UEFA is hoping for a crowd of more than 10,000 people at the Porto stadium.

The initial backup plan had been to use London’s Wembley Stadium, but talks with the British government stalled on Monday over being able to secure quarantine waivers for the UEFA-required guests and broadcasters.

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