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Chelsea and Man City fans facing nightmare restrictions for Champions League final

Chelsea and Manchester City fans face the prospect of a nightmare trip to Porto for the all-English Champions League final.

Supporters will have to fly to Portugal on the day of the game, stay in a strict “bubble” after taking a coronavirus test and then fly straight back afterwards.

Both clubs will be given 6,000 fans each and they all have to arrive on charter flights – expected to be at an eye-watering cost – and stay in two fan zones.

And they will not even be in the country for 24 hours for the showpiece game on May 29.

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UEFA are hoping the Portuguese Government relax their stance but Cabinet Affairs Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva yesterday claimed fans will be under strict rules after the final was officially moved to Porto.

Vieira da Silva said: “Those who come to the final of the Champions League will come and return on the same day, with a test done, in a bubble situation, on charter flights.

The Estadio do Dragao will host the final, and 12,000 Chelsea and Man City fans
The Estadio do Dragao will host the final, and 12,000 Chelsea and Man City fans

“There will be two fan zones and from there they will be moved to the stadium and from the stadium to the airport, being in Portugal less than 24 hours.”

Fans of both clubs had been hoping the game would be shifted to England after the original venue in Istanbul was ruled out.

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Turkey was put on the “red list” and supporters were advised not to travel and would be subject to a 10-day quarantine.

But talks between the UK Government and UEFA could not reach agreement because of the number of staff, VIPs and broadcasters coming into the these shores.

UEFA moved it to Portugal where the country has been moved to the “green list” to make it easy to travel and British holidaymakers have received the green light to go there this summer.

However Portugal appear to be taking a strong stance on football fans who have already been warned they face long airport queues when they must show a negative coronavirus test.

UEFA are waiting on further details and the Portuguese Government’s announcement has come as a shock to all fans.

City are organising official club trips and fans were given similar instructions when travelling from Manchester to London for the Carabao Cup final last month.

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But any hopes of a pleasant sunshine trip to watch the final appear to have been dashed by the strict rules designed to keep infection rates low in Portugal.

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