Champions League: Manchester City and Chelsea are scheduled to play the final in Istanbul but the British government is in talks with UEFA after Turkey has been placed in travel red list amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Champions League final: British government, UEFA in discussion after Istanbul travel ban (Reuters Photo)
- Manchester City and Chelsea are scheduled to play the Champions League final in Turkey
- British government and UEFA are in talks amid Istanbul travel ban
- There are delicate negotiations that are going on at the moment: Senior British government official
Senior British minister Michael Gove on Sunday said delicate negotiations are going on between the British government and European football’s governing body UEFA over the venue of the Champions League final.
The Champions League final, scheduled for May 29, will be played between Manchester City and Chelsea in Istanbul. However, the Istanbul final has been thrown into doubt after the British government placed Turkey on its travel red list, making it all but impossible for fans of the two Premier League clubs to attend.
“There are delicate negotiations that are going on at the moment,” Michael Gove said on Sky News when asked about where the final should take place.
“My friend, my colleague the culture secretary Oliver Dowden (also the minister for sport) is talking to people about this at the moment, and so I don’t want to cut across that. But I’m sure that fans in the UK would dearly love to see the final played here in the UK.”
Asked about the same issue in a separate interview on the BBC, Gove said Dowden was talking to “UEFA and others”. (With Reuters inputs).
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