Champions League final

British government in talks over venue switch for CL final

The British government is negotiating the transfer of the All England Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea to Wembley Stadium.

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said Sunday that delicate negotiations are underway.

The final on May 29 is scheduled to take place in Istanbul, but on Friday Turkey was added to the red list of countries in England, where all travel except the main ones are prohibited due to serious outbreaks of coronavirus.

The British government advises its supporters not to travel to Turkey due to the new restrictions. UEFA hoped to allow around 10,000 fans into the game.

Wembley in London is likely to host the final if it is moved to the UK. But the government will have to allow UEFA officials, as well as potential sponsors and the media, to enter without quarantine. Switzerland, where UEFA is based, is on the yellow list of countries from which people arriving in England must be quarantined for 10 days, although they organized them themselves, and not mandatory isolation in hotels for arrivals from the red list countries.

Gove said, My friend, my colleague, Cultural Secretary Oliver Dowden, is talking to people about this at the moment, and so I don’t want to talk about it. But I’m sure British fans would love to see the final here in the UK.

Wembley will host the English Football League Playoffs this weekend, but they may be relocated.

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