Wembley hopefuls Sunderland, Oxford United, Blackpool and Lincoln City waiting on UEFA decision over Champions League final

UEFA is working to receive the necessary guarantees over fan access to Portugal before making a firm decision on where to host the Champions League final.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 2:21 pm

The PA news agency understands European football’s governing body is seeking clarity over what will happen when current international travel Covid-19 restrictions in Portugal end on Sunday, and that it may take until Thursday to receive the information it needs.

Currently travel into Portugal from other countries is only allowed in limited essential cases, which as it stands would mean Chelsea and Manchester City supporters could not attend the match on May 29.

UEFA will also want to know how many spectators can attend the match, with Porto’s Estadio do Dragao understood to be the venue being considered.

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Sunderland face Lincoln City in the League One play-off semi-finals next week.

The prospect of Wembley hosting the final is fading fast, unless the Portuguese plan hits a hitch.

If Wembley was chosen then it could have a knock-on impact for the location of the EFL play-off finals, with Sunderland, Lincoln City, Oxford United and Blackpool all in the League One semi-finals next week.

It is understood the British Government’s position regarding quarantine exemptions for sponsors, VIPs and broadcasters being sought by UEFA has not changed since an initial meeting on Monday morning.

Meetings between them have been cordial, but the Government is concerned about giving the exemptions on foreign arrivals at a time when the country is trying to ease domestic lockdown restrictions.

The uncertainty over the location of the match began when the British Government placed the original host country – Turkey – on its high-risk ‘red list’ for international travel.