Since Manchester City and Chelsea announced their positions in the showpiece case, UEFA has been advised to move the Champions League final to England. The final is scheduled for May 29 at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium, which is currently under lockdown.
The Turkish capital’s constraints are set to be eased shortly, and UEFA has committed to hosting the game there. The sporting body hopes to procure 4,000 seats for the two finalists, to fill the stadium’s 75,000 capacity to 50%.
Foreign travel from the UK will be permitted beginning May 17, according to a government announcement due in the coming days, although there is no assurance that Turkey will be a permitted destination without the need for quarantine on return.
Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy of Sports Bar have urged UEFA to do the right thing to keep the game at Wembley.
Man City qualified last night after defeating PSG, while Chelsea defeated Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Goldstien Words On Champions League Final Venue:
Goldstein told talkSPORT, “This game is set to be played in Turkey, which is now under lockdown. I realize they will be coming out of the lockout, probably in less than two weeks. If UEFA has some understanding, they will transfer this game to Wembley. Two English teams, and in COVID days, this game should not be in a country that is now in such a state of crisis. After the year we’ve had, where everybody has been on lockout and has been terrible, we should play this game at Wembley with 25% capacity and have two English teams.
I know the people at UEFA aren’t watching this show… but others are… However, someone at UEFA with a little common sense needs to get this game moved to Wembley. So that Man City and Chelsea fans have a chance to see this final. It has to be played over here.”
One possible stumbling block is that the Championship Play-Off Final is scheduled for the same day. But the Sports Bar hosts have suggested that it be postponed.
Of note, UEFA has been hesitant to switch finals in the past. Such as when Chelsea and Arsenal met in the Europa League final in 2019.
The game was held in Baku. But there are no direct flights available for English fans. And amid requests for it to be relocated, it remained in Azerbaijan.