UEFA has confirmed Porto’s Estadio do Dragoa to host the Champions League final between Chelsea FC and Manchester City on Saturday May 29, 2021.
The final was proposed to be played in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium of Istanbul, but the UK government’s conclusion putting Turkey on its COVID-19 “red list” has triggered a restriction on concerned English fans from travelling to the match venue.
Aleksander Čeferin the president of UEFA in a press statement highlighted reasons why the all English final was moved to Porto, also thanking the government of Portugal and all the die hard fans which are in anticipation to watch the match live.
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said
“I think we can all agree that we hope never to experience a year like the one we have just endured. “Fans have had to suffer more than twelve months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football.
“To deprive those supporters of the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found.
“After the year that fans have endured, it is not right that they don’t have the chance to watch their teams in the biggest game of the season.
“Once again we have turned to our friends in Portugal to help both UEFA and the Champions League and I am, as always, very grateful to the FPF and the Portuguese Government for agreeing to stage the match at such short notice.”
Ceferin’s statement continued: “The Turkish football federation and the Turkish authorities have recognised the UEFA’s efforts to give fans of the competing clubs a chance to watch the game. The Turkish Football Federation and the authorities have always been reliable partners of UEFA and Turkey has hosted many UEFA events over the years with great success. I hope to be in Istanbul and Turkey for a Champions League final and many other events in the near future.
“I hope the final will be a symbol of hope at the re-emergence of Europe from a difficult period and that the fans who travel to the game will once again be able to lend their voices to showcase this final as the best in club football.”