COVID-19: Doubts over venue of Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City as Turkey adds to red list

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COVID-19: Doubts over venue of Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City as Turkey adds to red list


Chelsea and Manchester City fans are not expected to travel to Turkey for the Champions League final, the transport secretary said.

Speaking as it was announced that Turkey has been added to England COVID-19[feminine[feminine red list, Grant Shapps said the Football Association was in talks with UEFA at the venue.

The final is currently scheduled in Istanbul on Saturday May 29.

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Chelsea and Manchester City last met in the FA Cup semi-final last month

Mr Shapps said the UK were ready to host the game but stressed that it was a decision by the governing body of European football.

“I’m afraid we have to put Turkey on the red list,” Shapps said at a press conference in Downing Street.

“This will have a number of ramifications. First of all, this means that when it comes to the Champions League, the supporters should not travel to Turkey.

“The FA is in talks with UEFA on this matter. We are very open to the organization of the final, but it is ultimately a decision of UEFA.

“Of course, the UK already has a successful record of football matches with spectators, so we are in a good position to do so.

“We’re very open to it, but it’s ultimately a decision for UEFA to take, but given that there are two English clubs in this final, we look forward to what they have to say. “

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Manchester City reached their first Champions League final thanks to an aggregate 4-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain

Sky Sports News reported on Thursday that Aston Villa had approached the FA and UEFA to propose Villa Park as an alternative venue for the final.

The stadium is currently not equipped to UEFA standards for such an important event – the press box, media facilities and camera positions are all expected to be heavily adapted – but assessments of these changes are believed to be in place. Classes.

However, changing the location in such a short time would create a number of problems.

UEFA insisted earlier this week that it did not intend to move the game.

“The UEFA Champions League final will take place in Istanbul on May 29 with a limited number of spectators and we have been assured that the temporary lockout which is in effect until May 17 should not have any impact on the game,” he said. he said in a press release.

“UEFA continues to work closely with the Turkish Football Association and local and national authorities to organize the match safely. “

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Chelsea to play in third Champions League final after defeating Real Madrid

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust said in a tweet that they are meeting with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin this week and will ask for the game to be moved.

Chelsea and Manchester City have yet to comment.

Meanwhile, up to 9,500 fans from Manchester United and Spain’s Villareal side could attend the Europa League final in Gdansk, Poland on May 26.

Manchester United are expected to be awarded 2,000 tickets, with fans allowed to travel abroad from May 17 as part of the government’s roadmap to ease COVID restrictions in England.

Poland are on the Orange Travel List, which means all fans who go to the game will have to go into self-isolation when they return.

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