By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
UEFA has announced that the Champions League final will no longer be played in Istanbul and has been moved to Portugal.
UEFA changed the venue for the clash between finalists Manchester City and Chelsea FC to allow English spectators to attend as travel between the UK and Turkey has been suspended amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The governing body announced up to 6,000 supporters from each club will be allowed to attend.
In a statement, UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin,.said that the English FA had made an effort to stage the final in England.
“The difficulties of moving the final are great, and the FA and the authorities made every effort to try to stage the match in England, and I would like to thank them for their work in trying to make it happen,” Ceferin said.
However, according to the statement, UK’s quarantine rules complicated the decision.
“UEFA discussed moving the match to England but, despite exhaustive efforts on the part of the Football Association and the authorities, it was not possible to achieve the necessary exemptions from UK quarantine arrangements,” the statement said.