After the Portuguese authorities approved the repatriation of spectators to the stadium on Wednesday, Porto will soon become the host city of the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
A person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that UEFA will officially announce before the end of this week that the Dragon Stadium with a capacity of 50,000 will host the game on May 29. The source asked not to be named to mention negotiations.
It is expected that thousands of fans of both English will be able to witness the duel.
During the pandemic, Portuguese stadiums have been closed, but the relaxation of restrictions will allow the league to accommodate up to 10% of its capacity on the final day of the next Wednesday.
UEFA is confident that at least 10,000 people will be able to move the final of its top club event (moved from Istanbul to Porto La) into Porto’s stadium for the second year in a row.
The original plan was to play at Wembley Stadium in London, but negotiations with the British government on Monday ended in a deadlock. At that time, the quarantine requirements could not be cancelled so that the media and guests could go to London for the final.
Although for thousands of British fans, playing at home is ideal, Portugal will at least appear on the British government’s “green list”, which includes 12 low-risk countries and will return in the next game No quarantine is required on Monday.
UEFA also announced on Wednesday that the referee for the final will be Antonio Mateu Rajos, who sent Guardiola away in a game three years ago.
Manchester City faced the Spanish referee and refused to score for their team in the 2018 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Liverpool. Mandela Rahoz has participated in six games this season.