Europe football governing body, UEFA has cited travel difficulty for English fans as the reason for moving this year’s elite club competition, the Champion League away from Istanbul, Turkey to Porto in Portugal.
According to a statement obtained from the website of the football governing body, the major reason being the fact that the British Government have place Turkey on ‘red list’ because of the high rate of Corona Virus infection.
The final will be played between Manchester City and Chelsea, both from England and it will be held at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto on 29 May.
UEFA had initially billed the final take place at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium but, following the UK government’s decision to place Turkey on its ‘red list’ of COVID-19 travel destinations.
According to UEFA, “Staging the final there would have meant that none of the clubs’ domestic fans would have been able to travel to the game. After a year of fans being locked out of stadiums, UEFA felt that everything needed to be done to ensure the supporters of the finalist teams could attend.”
The statement further added that “Portuguese authorities and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) stepped in and worked quickly and seamlessly with UEFA to offer a fitting venue for the final.
“Because Portugal is a ‘green list’ destination for the UK, fans and players attending the final will not have to quarantine on their return home.”