The Champions League final will still take place in Istanbul, Turkey despite current lockdown restrictions in that country.
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), which gave the confirmation last Thursday, insisted the final will go on as planned as they have secured assurances that the on-going lockdown in Turkey will not have any impact on the match.
The UEFA also said they are working with the Turkish Football Federation as well as the national and local authorities to ensure a safe and successful final.
According to the UEFA:
“The UEFA Champions League final will take place in Istanbul on May 29 with a limited number of spectators and we are assured the temporary lockdown which is in force until May 17 should not have any impact on the match.
“UEFA continues to work closely with the Turkish Football Federation and the local and national authorities to stage the match safely”.
The confirmation is coming against the backdrop of calls for UEFA to move the final to the UK due to on-going Covid-19 lockdown in Turkey and uncertainly over English travel restrictions.
Of particular concern is the Covid-19 situation in Turkey. According to Health Ministry data made available on Wednesday, May 5, Turkey recorded 336 Covid-19-related deaths and 31,891 new cases.
Another strong factor for the call to move the final to the UK is the fact that two English clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea, are playing the final.
The UK, which has been in the forefront of the calls to move the final to England had even gone ahead to propose Tottenham’s White Hart Lane stadium and Villa Park belonging to Aston Villa.
The UK however will not have its wish granted as the UEFA maintains the final will go as planned.
Sky Sports News reports that UEFA hopes to secure at least 4,000 tickets for supporters of each of the Champions League finalists.
The CL final, which comes up on Saturday, May 29, will be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Instanbul.
It is the same stadium that hosted the 2005 Champions League final, won by Liverpool.
This is the third time two English clubs are playing in the Champions League final after the 2008 edition in which Chelsea lost to Manchester United and 2019 when Liverpool overcame Tottenham Hotspurs.