UEFA believes that the Champions League final, scheduled for May 29 in Istanbul, will not be affected by the almost three-week lockdown in Turkey to curb the rebound in COVID-19 cases.
The European body has reported through a statement that the Turkish authorities have “ensured that the confinement that is in force until May 17 should not have any impact on the match” that will be played 12 days later at the Atatürk Olympic stadium in Istanbul.
UEFA expects fans from outside Turkey to be among “the limited number of spectators” who will attend the match. The Olímpico Atatürk, with capacity for 76,000 spectator seats, will see its capacity reduced.
Turkey has imposed a lockdown from tonight that ends on May 17. The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan also aims to reduce infection rates ahead of the summer tourist season on which Turkey’s economy depends.
In 2020 it could not be played in Istanbul
The 17-day confinement in Turkey had once again called into question the Istanbul venue to host the Champions League final. UEFA maintains its plans one year after the initially scheduled date since in 2020 the match could not be played at the Olympic Atatürk due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the body transferred it to the Da Luz stadium in Lisbon within the Final format to 8 in which the Champions League was played from the quarterfinals.
Bayern Munich beat PSG 1-0 in the final played on 23 August 2020 at the Da Luz stadium.
The number of deaths in Turkey from Covid-19 during the pandemic is close to 40,000. The highest number of deaths in one day reached 362 on April 21.