The UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on 29th May 2021 will take place in Portugal with 6,000 fans from each club able to attend.
The game was moved from Turkey to the Portuguese city of Porto owing to coronavirus restrictions.
Istanbul was due to host the match between Manchester City and Chelsea on 29 May at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but negotiations to take the final elsewhere began after Turkey was placed on England’s travel red list on Friday.
The UK government had been keen to bring the game to Wembley but talks hit complications. Notably, UEFA wanted staff, media and sponsors to be able to travel to the UK without quarantine and the government was reluctant to agree to the number of exemptions requested.
Portugal is on England’s green list for travel, meaning fans City and Chelsea fans can attend without quarantine and there is no issue for players, many of whom will start preparing for the European Championship shortly after the final.
UEFA, UK government officials and the Football Association met to talk about Wembley hosting the game but no agreement could be reached on quarantine exemptions for sponsors, VIPs and broadcasters.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin commented: “To deprive supporters of the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found,”.
“Fans have had to suffer more than 12 months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football,” added Ceferin.
“I hope the final will be a symbol of hope at the re-emergence of Europe from a difficult period and that the fans who travel to the game will once again be able to lend their voices to showcase this final as the best in club football,”
“We accept that the decision of the British government to place Turkey on the red list for travel was taken in good faith and in the best interests of protecting its citizens from the spread of the virus but it also presented us with a major challenge in staging a final featuring two English teams.
“The difficulties of moving the final are great and the FA and the authorities made every effort to try to stage the match in England and I would like to thank them for their work in trying to make it happen.”
Both Chelsea and Manchester City say they are in discussions with UEFA and other stakeholders over ticketing and travel arrangements.
It is the second successive year the final has been held in Portugal with Lisbon the location for the delayed final stages of last season’s competition, won by Bayern Munich.
The final capacity limit at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto is still to be fixed.
Ceferin acknowledged that the UK government’s decision to place Turkey on the red list for travel was made in good faith but said it also left the governing body with “a major challenge”.