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UCL: Coronavirus Forces Shift In Global Soccer Club Final

By Centus Nweze

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Either of Lisbon or Porto, two of Portugal’s soccer city, may host this season’s Champions League final later this month after Uefa did not gain guarantees of the coronavirus exemptions it wants to move the game to Wembley.

Uefa, UK government officials and the Football Association met earlier today to discuss moving the game between Chelsea and Manchester City from Istanbul.

Uefa has decided it will be moved after Turkey was put on England’s red travel list which the government says means fans cannot travel.

Portugal is on the green list so fans from England would be allowed to attend on 29 May.

Travellers from England to green-list countries will be required to take Covid tests before and after travel but do not have to quarantine on their return.

The match could still be played at Wembley but it would require a major shift from the government, who have so far failed to reach an agreement with Uefa.

European football’s governing body feels in Portugal it is going to be easier to gain access for sponsors and broadcasters, who would need to be compensated if they were unable to attend the game.

Porto has been mentioned as a potential venue but it is understood Lisbon, which hosted last year’s final, is also a possibility.

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