UEFA is in talks with the UK Government over moving the Champions League from Istanbul to London.
The final is currently set to be held at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, but talks between the two are on-going. UEFA are considering a move to London, with Wembley being the most likely option.
Manchester City will be taking on Chelsea on May 29, in an all-english final. The talk of moving the final to London has come about after the UK Government announced Turkey would be on their ‘red-list’ on the travel restrictions list.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has asked for fans not to travel to Turkey in light of the ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions. He also confirmed that the UK Government would be open to hosting the finals.
“The FA are in discussions with UEFA on this. We are very open to hosting the final but it is ultimately a decision for UEFA," Shapps said.
He added, "Of course, the UK has already got a successful track record of football matches with spectators, so we are well placed to do it.”
The Champions League final will be hosted on the May 29, meaning that if it were held at Wembley, it would clash with the Championship Play-off Final. It is being reported that the EFL would consider moving the event to accommodate for the Champions League final.
Author: Fred Dobberson