Champions League: Currently in lockdown, Turkey to stage all-English final

Up to 4,000 fans from both Chelsea and City could be allowed into the 76,000-seat Atatürk Olympic Stadium, which was originally due to host last season's final.

The Associated Press May 06, 2021 08:32:02 IST
Champions League: Currently in lockdown, Turkey to stage all-English final

High infection rates saw Turkey last week enter their first national lockdown. AP

London: Thousands of English football fans will be hoping that a ban on international travel ends in time for them to get to Turkey in three weeks to see Chelsea and Manchester City contest the Champions League final without facing restrictions.

In a further easing of coronavirus laws in England, the government is set to allow overseas travel again from 17 May but it's unclear which destinations will still require forms of quarantine on return.

High infection rates saw Turkey last week enter their first national lockdown. That is due to end on 17 May, creating the possibility of that country not being on the green list to allow fans to return from the all-English Champions League final on 29 May without having to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

Up to 4,000 fans from both Chelsea and City could be allowed into the 76,000-seat Atatürk Olympic Stadium, which was originally due to host last season's final.

In Wednesday's daily coronavirus update, Turkey announced 26,476 new coronavirus cases and 356 deaths, taking its overall toll to 41,883.

Chelsea, who won the 2012 Champions League title, advanced to the final by beating Real Madrid 2-0 on Wednesday to oust the 13-time European champions 3-1 on aggregate. City reached their first European Cup final by beating Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to complete a 4-1 aggregate win in the semifinals.

This will be the third time the Champions League final involves a meeting of English clubs. Chelsea lost to Manchester United in 2008 at Moscow, which is a flight of more than four hours from England — a similar time to Istanbul. It was a shorter trip in 2019 when Atletico Madrid's stadium was the venue for Liverpool's victory over Tottenham.

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