Doubts about holding the Champions League final in Istanbul after travel restrictions imposed by Britain on Turkey

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Doubts about holding the Champions League final in Istanbul after travel restrictions imposed by Britain on Turkey

The stadium of the UEFA Champions League final scheduled for May 29 between Manchester City and Chelsea in Istanbul has become mysterious, after the British government placed Turkey on the red list for travel.

British Transport Minister Grant Shaps said that travel to the Red List countries is not permitted except in exceptional circumstances, and anyone returning from a country on this list must pay the costs of the compulsory quarantine at the hotel.

“This means that the fans should not travel to Turkey,” said Shaps, who raised the odds of taking the match to England.

He added: “The English Football Association is in discussions with the European Union (UEFA). We are open to hosting the match, but the decision in the end is up to UEFA.”

UEFA said it would take some time to study the British government’s decision. The Football Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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A spokesperson for the Turkish Football Association said: “It appears that UK officials are insisting on this but we are going ahead according to UEFA directives. We have not received any updates from any official channel. We will host the final in Istanbul.”

In recent weeks, Turkey ranked fourth in the world in terms of the number of daily cases of Covid-19.

Source: Reuters





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