Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement this evening as he confirmed Turkey was being added to the ‘red list’ of countries, meaning fans would be unable to attend the match which is due to take place in Istanbul.
Ministers this evening unveiled their plans to re-open international air travel after May 17, with 12 countries given the go-ahead for Brits to travel without the need to quarantine on return.
However, at the same time, it was announced Turkey was being placed on the ‘red list’ meaning those returning must pay to quarantine at a specialised isolation hotel when travelling back to the UK.
Mr Shapps admitted placing Turkey on the do not travel list was a blow for football fans looking to support their teams in the all English final of the European Champions League.
Announcing conversations about moving the final were taking place, he said: “With regard to the Champions League it does mean I’m afraid fans should not travel to Turkey.
“The FA are already in conversations with UEFA about this I can tell you.
“We are very open to hosting the final but it ultimately a decision for UEFA.”
The final is due to be played on May 29 in Istanbul.
The Transport Secretary added: “It’s worth mentioning, the UK’s already got a successful track record of football matches with spectators so we’re well placed to do it.
“I have spoken to the secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport this afternoon about this.
“So, we’re very open to it. It is actually in the end a decision for UEFA to make, but given there are two English clubs in that final we look forward to hearing what they have to say.”
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