The ding-dong battle concerning the city to host the 2020/2021 European Champions League final has come to an end with the confirmation by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) that the Portuguese city of Porto will host the match.
The final, slated for Saturday, May 29, was to have been played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Instanbul.
However, the UK, whose two teams are playing the final, Manchester City and Chelsea Football Club, put up a spirited campaign for a shift of venue from Instanbul to the UK.
The UK’s request is premised on the fact that Instanbul was on their “red list”.
New Coronavirus figures and number of fatalities in Turkey has been on the rise, in recent weeks. In addition there are lockdown restrictions in Turkey.
In the opinion of the UK, the frightening Covid-19 figures, the lockdown restrictions, will make it difficult for Chelsea and Manchester City players, officials and fans to make the trip to Instanbul, hence their request.
All of that is now academic with the confirmation of Porto as new host, by UEFA.
The UK will be favourably disposed to Porto hosting because Portugal is on the UK’s “green list”, which will not require the players undergoing quarantine when they from Portugal. Turkey on the other hand is on the UK’s “red list”.
According to BBC Sport, UEFA has confirmed that both finalists will be allowed a total of 6,000 fans each.
“Fans have had to suffer more than 12 months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football,” added Ceferin.