UEFA is in talks with the government TODAY about moving the Champions League final from the red list Istanbul to Wembley – with a decision on the venue for Chelsea vs Manchester City for Tuesday
- UEFA is in talks with the UK government about the location of the Champions League final
- On Monday there will be discussions about the possible rescheduling of the match
- Final scheduled for Istanbul, but Turkey is now on the red list for UK travel
- The decision will be made on Tuesday and the match can take place at Wembley
UEFA officials will have important talks with the government on Monday about moving the Champions League final to Wembley, hoping to reach an agreement on the switch within 24 hours.
The government will be asked to waive the requirement of quarantine on arrival in the UK for approximately 1,000 UEFA personnel and broadcasters needed to set up the final.
If allowed, Chelsea’s clash with Manchester City would take place in London on May 29 in front of 22,500 fans.
UEFA will meet with the British government on Monday to discuss the Champions League final
The match will take place in Istanbul, but travel restrictions may make that impossible
UEFA insisted on Sunday that the final decision was yet to be made, but bringing the game to London has emerged as the preferred option before sticking to Istanbul or taking it to another country with fewer travel restrictions, such as Portugal.
Other UK venues, such as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, are excluded. A final at Wembley would have a significant impact on the EFL as the championship play-of-final is scheduled for the same day.
The most likely outcome is that the playoff – the most valuable game in world football – will be postponed for 24 hours.
Both the EFL and the play-off contenders would rather have the showpiece postponed than move to another stadium.
In the talks with the government, UEFA is also expected to demand that Wembley can be filled for 25 percent, just like for the group stage of the European Championship.
In order to comply with the lockdown restrictions, the government would have to designate the final a test event in the same way as Saturday’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that fans will not be allowed to travel to Turkey
“There are delicate negotiations underway at the moment,” said Cabinet Minister Michael Gove on Sunday. ‘But I’m sure fans in the UK would love to see the final play here in the UK.’
Any move to Wembley would have a knock-on effect for future Champions League finalists, while St Petersburg is expected to remain in place next year, with Istanbul taking over the match in 2023.
The planned host for 2023, Munich, would move to 2025, with Wembley remaining in place for 2024, when Germany will host the European Championship.
UEFA is also struggling with financial considerations if this season’s final is switched.
Last year’s final was moved from Ataturk Stadium in the wake of the first wave of the pandemic, so the Turkish organizers would demand further compensation.
A third option is to move the final to Portugal, as happened last year, with Lisbon once again being preferred over Porto.
The EFL are willing to move the play-off finals so that Wembley can be off that weekend