According to the New York Times, a meeting is scheduled for Monday between the British government and UEFA for a possible relocation of the Champions League final. Scheduled in Istanbul, it could take place at Wembley.
A decision is expected within the next 48 hours. According to information from the New York Times this Sunday, a meeting will be held on Monday between the British government and UEFA on the subject of the final of the Champions League. The United Kingdom is determined to host this match, scheduled for May 29 in Istanbul, between Manchester City and Chelsea, after having imposed severe restrictions on travel to Turkey due to the health context. From May 12, arrivals to England from Turkey will be prohibited except for Britons and UK residents. But they must undergo quarantine on arrival at the hotel at their expense, at a cost of around 2,000 euros per person.
“This means, I’m afraid, regarding the Champions League, that the supporters should not go to Turkey. I can tell you that the English federation is in discussions with UEFA on this matter, we are ready. to host the final, “UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps confirmed on Friday. According to the New York Times, UEFA is awaiting a number of guarantees from the United Kingdom, in particular on the number of spectators that can be accommodated for the final. In England, the public can return to the stadiums since the beginning of May, but with a gauge set at 10,000 people. It could increase to 20,000 spectators for the final of the Champions League, while Istanbul said it could receive 25,000.
Portugal as another solution
Two Premier League clubs have reportedly proposed to UEFA to organize this City-Chelsea in their stadium, but Wembley would be the only option studied by the European body in the event of relocation to England. If the United Kingdom is the country in Europe hardest hit by the coronavirus epidemic with more than 127,000 dead, strict containment imposed in early January for three months and an effective vaccination campaign have led to a marked improvement in the situation. sanitary.
But if no agreement is reached between the government and UEFA, the final could take place in Portugal. Not in Lisbon, where the Final 8 of the Champions League took place last season, but possibly in Porto.