Uefa Champions league final could be played at Wembley

UEFAMan City coach Pep Guardiola and Chelsea Coach Thomas Tuchel during the Epl match

UEFA set to decide by Wednesday this week whether to switch the Champions League final to Wembley in England from Istanbul because of travel restrictions.

European football’s governing body will meet with UK government officials and the Football Association on Monday to discuss options for the final.

Pep Guardiola’s side Manchester City face Chelsea in the final on 29 May but fans have not been told to travel after Turkey was put on England’s travel red list.

However, there is a fixture issue to resolve, as Wembley is scheduled to stage the Championship play-off final on 29 May. It is understood the EFL would consider moving the match if asked by European body and its board would make the final call.

Moving the final to Wembley would require the UK government to be flexible in allowing people into England, given the various stakeholders who would expect to attend.

It is acknowledged one of the issues under consideration is possible quarantine exemptions, but no decisions have yet been made.

Last Friday, transport secretary Grant Shapps said Covid-19 red list countries “should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances”

He added that the government was open to hosting the game in the UK.

Uefa had hoped to give both clubs a minimum of 4,000 tickets each for the game at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

Schapps said that the Football Association was in talks with Uefa about switching the game, but that it is “ultimately a decision for Uefa”.

Chelsea Supporters Trust has said it will meet Uefa and will request that the final is moved to the UK, while Manchester City fan groups said they will be renewing their calls to move the game from Istanbul.

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