The final of the Champions League, between Manchester City and Chelsea, in Istanbul, on the 29th of this month, is unknown. The United Kingdom government has placed Turkey on the Red Travel List.
British Transport Secretary Grant Shaps said that travel to the countries on the Red List is not permitted, except in the “most extreme circumstances”, and that anyone returning from a country on the Red List must pay for the mandatory quarantine at the hotel.
“This really means that the fans should not travel to Turkey,” Shabs said, referring to the possibility of transferring the match to England. “The English Football Association is talking to UEFA. We are open to hosting, but in the end it is UEFA’s decision.”
Meanwhile, UEFA said it would need some time to reflect on the British government’s decision. The Football Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It was not clear if the players would receive the quarantine or not, but the 14-day quarantine will affect players participating in Euro 2020, the UEFA European Football Association competition that begins on June 11.
In recent weeks, Turkey ranked fourth overall in terms of daily cases of COVID-19, leading to a national lockdown until May 17.
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