Turkey has been added to the government’s red list for foreign travel, throwing plans for Manchester City and Chelsea fans to travel to the Champions League final up in the air.
Uefa had been expected to confirm details, including ticket allocations, on Friday for the final due to be contested in Istanbul on 29 May.
That decision has been postponed, with the governing body understood only to have been informed of the change in Turkey’s status on Friday afternoon.
The UK government is in discussions with Uefa over relocating the match.
“We are having to be cautious about this,” the transport secretary, Grant Schapps, said. “I’m afraid we’re having to put Turkey on the red list and it will have ramifications. Fans should not travel to Turkey. The FA [Football Association] are in discussions with Uefa already on this and we are very open to hosting the final.
“Ultimately it’s the decision of Uefa. We have a successful track record of matches with spectators. I’ve spoken to the sport’s minister, we’re very open to it and in the end it’s a decision for Uefa but given it’s two English clubs in final we’re waiting to hear what they have to say.”
A red list rating means that any UK resident would be forced to quarantine for 10 days in a government hotel upon return from Turkey. Elite sportspeople have had an exemption for travel but would have to abide by quarantine regulations.
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