UK Government says fans should not travel to Turkey for Champions League Final
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UK Government says fans should not travel to Turkey for Champions League Final

After adding Turkey to England's travel red list, transport secretary Grant Shapps says Chelsea and Manchester City fans need not travel to Turkey for the Champions League final.

On May 29, the biggest game in European football will take place in Istanbul.

According to Schapps, countries on the Covid-19 red list "need not be visited except under the most serious circumstances."

He went on to say that the government was open to the game being held in England.

The Football Association is in negotiations with UEFA about switching the game, according to Schapps, but it is "ultimately a decision for the players."

"The UK has a successful track record of hosting matches with spectators so we are well placed to do it," he said.

"So we are very open to it, but it is actually in the end a decision for Uefa to make. But given it is two English clubs in the final, we look forward to hearing what they have to say."

According to the BBC, the government will look at options for any issues arise in the run-up to the final, including possible travel exemptions for players and club staff.

Citizens of the United Kingdom returning from countries on the red list must stay in a government-approved hotel for ten days.

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