UEFA Consider Moving Champions League Final From Istanbul

June 1, 2020

UEFA is currently considering moving the Champions League final from its scheduled venue in Istanbul, according to a report by Associated Press (AP).

The European football’s governing body is exploring ‘all the options’ for the format of this season’s Champions League schedule.

The Turkish city was due to host the final this Saturday at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but the tournament was suspended in mid-March at the last-16 stage because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Furthermore, The New York Times reported that the final would be moved from Turkey but that Istanbul could be chosen as host of a future final, when it is safe for fans to travel from abroad in large numbers.

UEFA still hopes to conclude the competition by the end of August, but with major changes to the format likely and games set to be played behind closed doors.

A UEFA spokesperson told AFP: “We are looking at all the options regarding the calendar and the format of the competition in the working group involving the clubs, leagues and national associations. No decision has been taken yet but there should be at the Executive Committee meeting on June 17.”