UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin explains why Chelsea, Man City are each given 6,000 fan tickets, relocation of Champions League final venue to Porto

May 13th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea and Manchester City will each have 6,000 fans at the Champions League Final after Uefa finally confirmed the match has been switched to Portugal.

UEFA confirmed the Champions League Final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be held in Porto on May 29, with 12,000 spectators.

The Final was due to be played in Istanbul, but the serious COVID-19 concerns in Turkey made the English Government appeal to have it moved to London.

And as a result of fierce lobbying by Uefa, the Portuguese Government have agreed to raise it’s initial 10 per cent stadium capacity cap to allow up to 20,000 inside the 50,000-capacity venue.

Discussing Uefa’s decision to move the Champions League final to Porto, president Aleksander Ceferin said: “After the year that fans have endured, it is not right that they don’t have the chance to watch their teams in the biggest game of the season.

“Fans have had to suffer more than twelve months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football.

“To deprive those supporters of the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found.

“We accept that the decision of the British Government to place Turkey on the red list for travel was taken in good faith and in the best interests of protecting its citizens from the spread of the virus.

“But it also presented us with a major challenge in staging a final featuring two English teams.

“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.”

It will be the second consecutive year that the Champions League Final has been played in Portugal, as the Final Eight was compressed into a straight knockout tournament in various Portuguese cities last term.

Fans will return when Chelsea and Manchester City clash in Porto, as UEFA has confirmed the stadium will allow 12,000 spectators for the big event.

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