Move the 2021 Champions League Final to the United Kingdom

Move the 2021 Champions League Final to the United Kingdom

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Will Pye started this petition to UEFA and

This week two English clubs - Chelsea FC and Manchester City - reached the UEFA Champions League final, which is currently due to be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

This petition is designed to urge decision makers at UEFA to move the final to a location that minimises international travel during the coronavirus pandemic that is still rife throughout the globe.

Currently, Britons are able to travel to Turkey provided they pass a PCR test prior to travel so logistically there would seem to be no problems with 8,000 English football fans travelling in and out of Turkey. However when looked at logically it makes absolutely no sense when the infrastructure is not only available but set up in the UK due to the European Championship taking place the next month and the football season closing the same weekend. 

In recent weeks football fans of all clubs throughout Europe have been put through the wringer over the breakaway so-called “Super League” that was formed and quickly disbanded last month. During that period UEFA presented itself as the moral caretakers of this beautiful game, if that is true then surely they would agree that the best action to take would be the one that not only keeps fans out of harms way by lessening their chance of catching and spreading the coronavirus but also one that facilitates the most fans being able to attend. 

As for Istanbul’s ambition to host the final, I’m sure the Turkish tourist board would prefer to host the final outside of national lockdown when fans can attend and eat and drink at local restaurants and bars, stay at hotels and buy local produce in far greater numbers. 

Please UEFA, prove your priority is the fans themselves. You’ve seen and heard their passion first hand, and after over a year without fans it would be fantastic to see a stadium almost full of them, cheering on their sides in hope of European glory. 

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