Champions League coming to Porto

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Sport, Football, Europe, UK, North · 14-05-2021 13:14:00 · 1 Comments

The Estádio do Dragão FC Porto stadium in the north of the country will host the prestigious Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea on 29 May.

UEFA stated: "Porto was chosen to replace Istanbul, following the insurmountable travel difficulties of English supporters, taking into account that Turkey is on the UK 'red list'.

UEFA also confirmed the presence of at least 12,000 spectators in the Estádio do Dragão, however fans will be part of a special “bubble” and will only be in Portugal for a maximum of 24 hours.

"The stadium's capacity for the game will be finalised and confirmed in due course, in cooperation with the Portuguese authorities and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). However, fans of the finalist teams will be able to buy tickets through the clubs in the usual way , with 6,000 tickets available per club, which will go on sale as soon as possible".

"Once again, we call on our partners in Portugal to help us and I am, as always, very grateful to the Portuguese Football Federation and the Portuguese Government for having agreed to organise the game in such a short period of time," said the UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin.

The city of Porto and Estádio do Dragão will host the third final of a Champions League in Portugal and the second in a row, since just under a year ago, precisely because of the global public health crisis, UEFA opted for a 'final eight' in Lisbon, at the Luz and José Alvalade stadiums.

“They have been working tirelessly with such limited time constraints to find solutions to the challenges of organising a match of this magnitude. Whenever there is an obstacle, they have been creative in the solutions they have found and the fact that they are organising this year's final is clearly due to the hard work and perseverance they have shown,”added Ceferin.

Foreign fans traveling to Porto to watch the final of the football Champions League will stay less than 24 hours in Portugal and will all be tested at Covid-19, the Portuguese Government announced.

“People who come to the Champions League final will arrive and return on the same day, with a completed Covid test, in a bubble situation, that is, on charter flights, with trips to a waiting area. Then they will go to the stadium and then to the airport, being in national territory less than 24 hours, in a bubble and with mandatory tests, done, in principle, before getting on the plane ”, said the Minister of State and the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva,.

The official confirmed that the Estádio do Dragão could have a maximum capacity of 12,000 people and that the seats will be marked and designated by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

“All tickets will be nominal and have seats marked,” added Mariana Vieira da Silva.

While Portugal has been placed on the “green list” for travel from England from 17 May, the Portuguese government are yet to announce if a reciprocal agreement will be in place for those coming to Portugal from the UK.

Currently only “essential” travel to Portugal by citizens and residents is allowed.

14.15.2021 13:56 UPDATE: See news on travel update here: https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-05-14/non-essential-travel-to-the-uk-allowed-from-monday/59889



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