Sheikh Mansour has revealed that he will finance a ticket to the Champions League final on May 29 for Manchester City fans.
As City takes on Chelsea in the European Cup final at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao later this month, they will be making their first-ever appearance in a European Cup final.
The showpiece was initially scheduled to take place in Istanbul but had to be rescheduled after Turkey was added to the UK’s travel ban list, with fans only able to travel to Portugal for the match without being subjected to quarantine upon their return.
City’s billionaire owner has vowed to pay all of the club’s fans’ travel expenses to Porto. The news was released by the club on Tuesday.
Champions League final | The Announcement
The announcement reads, “Manchester City FC has declared that His Highness Sheikh Mansour will sponsor the Official Club’s travel to the Champions League Final in Porto. The act will take place at the end of the month. Thousands of City fans will profit from the program. It is intended to relieve financial stress on fans. Who have faced – and continue to face – difficult circumstances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’s effects.”
“Aware of how the pandemic has impacted both Manchester City fans and increased travel expenses. Sheikh Mansour has worked to eliminate the most important financial obstacle to fans watching the final.”
“Pep [Guardiola] and the team have had such a phenomenal season and they are reaching the Champions League Final after such a difficult year marks a genuinely historic moment for the Club,” Sheikh Mansour said of the initiative.
“As a result, it’s important that as many people as possible have the chance to watch this historic game. Particularly those who have helped Manchester City for so many years, through good times and bad.”
City swept through the group stages this season. Coming first in Group C ahead of Porto with five wins and a loss. They have put the disappointment of their surprise Champions League quarter-final defeat to Lyon in 2019-20 behind them. Guardiola’s team then beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the round of 16. Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, before facing last year’s finalists Paris Saint-Germain.
City crushed the French champions 4-1 on aggregate in both legs of the semi-final. Setting up an all-English final against Chelsea, who defeated Real Madrid in their last-four clash.