Football Business : UEFA plan to relocate Champions League final

UEFA  are considering moving the Champions League final away from Istanbul as they weigh up alternative locations for this season’s rescheduled showpiece.

A revised fixture list has been set out with UEFA  aiming to complete the elite club competition across August after domestic leagues have concluded. The Champions League final was due to be held on Saturday — May 30 — at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

One person with knowledge of the planning told The Associated Press UEFA  had already decided using Istanbul was no longer practical this year and that one option was to stage the remaining matches in one city.

There are ongoing restrictions for travel across Europe, with international flight arrivals currently banned by Turkey.

The priority for the location of matches is the accessibility to players and officials as there are unlikely to be any fans allowed into the remaining Champions League games. The means the choice of Champions League final venue is likely to be determined by travel logistics amid ongoing Covid-19 curbs and the ability to implement the hygiene and testing necessary.