Champions League Final Expected to Be Relocated Due to the Coronavirus

If Paris Saint-Germain reaches the UEFA Champions League final this season, they will not be playing in Istanbul as originally thought.

According to a report by the New York Times, Istanbul will no longer be the site fo the final due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

A final decision will be made on June 17, when the UEFA executive committee gathers to discuss how the Champions League will resume. It’s possible that two-legged ties could go away and a single-elimination tournament from the quarter-finals on could be the decided format.

The New York Times piece also cites reports out of Spain that indicate the one possible location for the Champions League final could be Lisbon, Portugal, with the Stade de la Luz and José Alvalade Stadium the two likeliest stadiums.

Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last March with a win over Borussia Dortmund but the coronavirus forced UEFA to suspend play as did leagues across Europe.

Now that domestic leagues are starting to return to the pitch (except for Ligue 1, of course), UEFA can finalize plans for the Champions League.

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