“Delicate negotiations” are underway to move the Champions League final in Britain, Government Minister Michael Gove said on Sunday. Premier League teams Manchester city and Chelsea are scheduled to face off in the flagship fixture on May 29, with Istanbul as the destination for the match. However, doubts over the Turkish city’s ability to host the match have been seriously questioned after the British government placed the nation on its country’s “red list” for travel, reports the DPA. This week, UEFA said it remains committed to hosting the game in Istanbul. , although the country is under lockdown from the coronavirus until May 17.
UEFA has also said it intends to operate with a reduced number of fans in attendance at the Ataturk Stadium, but new UK government rules mean City and Chelsea fans traveling for the match should be put in touch. quarantine in government approved hotels when they return home.
It had been suggested that Great Britain were ready to play the host role, although Wembley is also expected to host the Championship play-off final on the same day, it remains to be seen whether the national stadium is a viable alternative.
However, reports suggest the English Football League (EFL) is open to moving its three play-off finals to allow Wembley to host the Champions League final.
Plans confirmed by Gove are being discussed on relocating the game’s destination, telling Sky News: “Some delicate negotiations are underway at the moment.
“My friend, my colleague, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, is talking to people about this right now, so I don’t want to cut that off.”
Turkey’s red list status, which is effective from May 17 and will not be reviewed for three weeks, would also add significant complications for players returning to Britain before joining their national teams for the Euro 2020 and the Copa America, unless exemptions can be obtained. .
The two international tournaments start on June 11, 13 days after the Champions League final.
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