CHELSEA and Manchester City will meet in this season’s Champions League final.
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Though because of the global covid pandemic, the competition has had a very different look to it this year.
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When is the Champions League final, and where’s it being held?
- The Champions League final will take place on Saturday, May 29.
- The Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey – famously the location of Liverpool’s 3-3 comeback win over AC Milan in 2005 – was originally set to host the showpiece.
- It has now been confirmed that it will take place at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao in Lisbon, Portugal.
- The kick-off time has yet to be decided, though it is expected to begin at 8pm BST.
Are Chelsea and Man City fans allowed to attend the Champions League final?
- The move from Turkey to Portugal has been made so that English fans can attend the big match.
- Turkey was placed on the UK’s red list by the government, making travel to the original venue almost impossible.
- But now 6,000 fans of EACH team will be allowed to visit Lisbon for the occasion.
- Uefa had hoped to move the game to Wembley but that plan was scuppered because of UK border regulation controls and the number of broadcasters, VIPs and guests required to have access to the game.
- As a result of fierce lobbying by Uefa, the Portuguese Government agreed to raise it’s initial 10 per cent stadium capacity cap to allow up to 20,000 inside the 50,000-capacity venue.
Can I get tickets?
Tickets will likely be sold through a ballot system, but 6,000 fans will definitely be able to travel from each club.
That is huge news for long-suffering supporters who have been kept off the terraces since March 2020.
Uefa said: “Staging the final in Istanbul would have meant none of the clubs’ domestic fans would be able to travel to the game.
“After a year of fans being locked out of stadiums, Uefa thought that everything needed to be done to ensure the supporters of the two finalist teams could attend.
“Uefa discussed moving the match to England but, despite exhaustive efforts on the part of the Football Association and the authorities, it was not possible to achieve the necessary exemptions from UK quarantine arrangements.
“The Portuguese authorities and the FPF stepped in and worked quickly and seamlessly with UEFA to offer a fitting venue for the final.”
Champions League semi-final results
- Semi-final second legs
- Tuesday, May 4
- Man City 2-0 PSG
- Wednesday, May 5
- Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid