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Government Advises Manchester City and Chelsea Fans From Travelling To Istanbul

Blues Face Londoners In Champions League Final In Turkey

Manchester City v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg Two Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The British government have this evening advised supporters of Manchester City and Chelsea not to travel to Turkey when the two teams contest the Champions League final.

The two Premier League sides will face off in Istanbul on 29th May, but due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, transport minister Grant Schapps has now added Turkey to the government’s red list. But Schapps also confirmed that the government are in talks with Uefa about holding the final in England, but said the ultimate decision on that is down to Uefa.

“The UK has a successful track record of hosting matches with spectators, so we are well placed to do it.

“So we are very open to it, but it is actually in the end a decision for Uefa to make. But given it is two English clubs in the final, we look forward to hearing what they have to say.”

Uefa were hoping for around 4,000 fans from each team to be able to attend the final, but the latest turn means that any supporters travelling to Turkey would have to quarantine at a government approved hotel for ten days upon their return.