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The Champions League final has a new venue

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UEFA have confirmed that the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea on May 29 will take place at a new venue.

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be played in Porto’s Estadio do Dragao, with 6,000 fans of each club attending, UEFA has confirmed.

The European governing body this morning thanked the Football Association for their “exhaustive efforts” to host the match at Wembley but revealed it had not been possible to earn the necessary quarantine exemptions from the Government for an all-English final on home soil.

The May 29 showpiece, which will kick-off at 8pm, was originally scheduled for Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium but, following the government’s decision to place Turkey on the red list of Covid-19 overseas destinations, traveling fans would have been forced into an expensive quarantine after attending.

UEFA have maintained the planned Istanbul allocation of 6,000 tickets per club, which are expected to go on sale from today, with the overall capacity at the 50,500-capacity venue expected to be around 20,000. Arrangements for the sale of the remaining tickets to the general public will start on May 24.

However, UEFA are facing frustration from fans over their pricing and allocation, with supporters groups concerned that sponsors and officials are being prioritized.

Fans have not been allowed to attend games in Portugal this season but the Portuguese league announced on Wednesday they would be able to watch the final round of league games next Wednesday with stadium capacities capped at 10 per cent.

This will be the third Champions League final in Portugal in eight years but the first in Porto.

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