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Talks are expected to take place to allow the transfer of the Champions League final from Istanbul to London.

UEFA said it will hold talks with the British government on Monday about moving the Chelsea-Manchester City clash to the capital, with Wembley being touted as the most likely venue.

Restrictions on overseas travel are expected to be eased on May 17, but Turkey was added to the UK government’s ‘red’ countries list this week with COVID-19[female[feminine cases on the rise.

File photo dated 29-06-2020 of general view of empty Wembley stadium.  Issue date: Saturday May 8, 2021.
A decision on the venue is expected to be made by Tuesday

A decision is expected to be made by Tuesday on whether the game will take place at Istanbul’s Atatürk Stadium as originally scheduled, or at another location.

British citizens returning from ‘red list’ countries are required to self-quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

Friday, transport secretary Grant Shapps told fans not to visit Turkey and confirmed that the UK are open to hosting the match, but stressed that it was a decision by the governing body of European football.

Manchester City fans inside Wembley
This will be Manchester City’s first Champions League final

The Championship play-off final is currently scheduled at Wembley on the same day as the Champions League final on May 29.

But the English Football League (EFL) is said to be open to the change, along with the League One and Two finals, to allow for the all-English meeting at Wembley later this month.

Wembley was the last venue for the Champions League final when Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and hosted the game two years earlier for Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

It also hosted Tottenham’s home matches in the competition when the domestic stadium was Spurs’ temporary home from 2017 to 2019.

Wembley is already due to host eight Euro 2020 matches this summer, including the two semi-finals and the final on 11 …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-09 18:43:00