date of publication:
May 13, 2021 17:02 GMT
Update date: May 13, 2021 20:10 GMT
Mariana Vieira da Silva, Portugal’s cabinet minister, told a news conference on Thursday that several rules have been laid down for the fans attending the match.
She added: “The fans who will arrive to attend the final will come and leave on the same day, while undergoing the test in an isolated environment, on board charter flights, and there will be two areas for the fans, and from there they will be transferred to the stadium and from there to the airport, so that the fans stay in Portugal less than 24 hours.”
– Erm Sport (@EremSports) May 13, 2021
Vieira da Silva said local health authorities were responsible for selecting crowd seats to ensure social distancing in the stands, and that tickets would not be transferable.
Vieira da Silva indicated that fans who travel to Porto to enjoy the event without going to the stadium will not be subject to the same restrictions.
And she continued: “It is clear that those arriving by plane (to be in Porto during the match without going to the stadium) will abide by the applicable rules, and security measures will be taken, as happened in Lisbon last year.”
She said that the restrictions that will be followed come to ensure that the rates of Covid-19 infection remain low in Portugal.
The measures are a blow to Porto’s hotel and tourism sector, which has been hoping to make money from English fans who are planning to enjoy a long weekend in the city.
UEFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The final was supposed to be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, but the British government placed Turkey on the “red list” for the travel of its citizens last Friday, and had already ruled out the opportunity for fans of the two English clubs to attend the match. The final will now be held at Porto club’s Dragao stadium.
UEFA said that each club will receive 6,000 tickets, and the sale process is expected to start today, and the number of attendees at the stadium has not yet been determined.
Manchester City said on its website that the club “will make an offer to its fans to travel for one day from Manchester to Porto. More information will be made available to the public as soon as possible. ”