UEFA has confirmed that the 2021 UEFA Champions League final will go ahead in Istanbul despite the surge in coronavirus cases in the country. Turkey is preparing for their first national lockdown but UEFA is still expecting a certain number of fans to attend the showpiece event at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on May 29.

“The Champions League final will take place in Istanbul on May 29 with a limited number of spectators and we are assured that the temporary lockdown which is in force until May 17 should not have any impact on the match,” UEFA said in a statement.

“UEFA will continue to work closely with the Turkish Football Federation and the local and national authorities to stage the match safely,” he added. “Further information regarding the capacity for the match and ticketing details will be communicated soon.”

The UEFA Champions League final could be an all-English affair for the second time in three years. 2019 final in Madrid saw Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspurs by a solitary goal. Manchester City beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the first leg last night while Chelsea was held to a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid.

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