Fans of Manchester City and Chelsea are anxiously waiting to travel to Istanbul for the Champions League final – if their sides make it – after Turkey enters a three-week lockdown.
- UEFA has confirmed that the final will take place on Saturday, May 29 in Istanbul, Turkey
- The European governing body aims to have a minimum of 9,000 fans
- Turkey’s contamination rate means it will likely be placed on the government’s ‘amber list’ when international travel resumes on May 17
- Manchester City and Chelsea are favorites to advance to the final in Turkey
Fans of Manchester City and Chelsea are anxious to see if they can travel to the Champions League final when their side qualifies.
UEFA confirmed on Thursday that the May 29 final will take place at Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, despite Turkey entering a three-week lockdown this week, but has yet to confirm whether traveling fans will be able to attend.
UEFA aims for a minimum of 9,000 fans, but international arrivals are a complicating factor.
This year’s Champions League final will be held in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul
Chelsea and Manchester City are now favorites to reach the Champions League final
Turkey’s contamination rate means it will likely be placed on the government’s ‘amber list’ when international travel resumes on May 17, entailing a 10-day return quarantine and three mandatory Covid tests.
City are a strong favorite to advance to their first final after beating Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away from home in the first leg of their semi-final, while Chelsea secured a valuable away goal in a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid.
The decision on the number of spectators and whether they will be given to the clubs is taken by the Turkish government. Their incarceration ends on May 17.
UEFA said in a statement: “We are assured the lockdown will not affect the game.”