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Champions League final moved to Portugal to allow fans to attend

(SATSports) – UEFA has announced that the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea has been moved from Instanbul to Portugal, to allow 6,000 fans from each club to attend.

The Saturday, May 29 match will be played at the 50,000-capacity Estadio do Dragao stadium in Porto, rather than the Ataturk Stadium as originally planned.

Sky News reports that, announcing the decision, 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 12 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.” He said

With a rise in COVID-19 cases, Turkey was placed on the UK’s travel red list, and fans were urged by the government not to make the trip to the country.

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