Boris Johnson has urged UEFA to allow the UK to host the Champions League final so fans can attend following Turkey being added to the 'red list' of travel destinations.
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Implications for Champions League final between Man City & Chelsea in Istanbul later this month where 4000 fans from each team had been expected
The Prime Minister is desperate for the UK to stage the European spectacle with Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Emirates Stadium and St. James' Park reportedly touted as potential venues.
Wembley Stadium is out of the running due to the national stadium hosting the Championship Play-Off final on the same day.
Johnson told The Sun: "The Champions League is the pinnacle of European club football.
"And with two English teams in the final, it would be a great shame if fans were unable to attend.
"It would be brilliant to host it here if we can. I want to help supporters of both clubs see their team in action."
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added: "It does mean fans should not travel to Turkey. The FA are in discussions with UEFA already.
"We are very open to hosting the final but that's ultimately for UEFA.
"We already have a successful record of matches with spectators and given two English clubs are in that final we look forward to hearing what UEFA say."
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