Turkey has been placed on the Government;’s “red list” for travel, meaning anyone visiting the country will have to quarantine in a government hotel upon their return to the UK.
The news throws the all-English Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29, due to be played in Istanbul, into major doubt.
Anyone, and that includes sportspeople, returning from Turkey will have to quarantine in a government enforced hotel at a cost of £1750.
Reports in The Telegraph have claimed the UK Government is in talks over potentially moving the final to England, a move that is logical on the face of it with two English teams contesting the final.
However, Wembley is already booked for the date of the game, May 29, which is when the Championship play-off final is due to take place.
Aston Villa’s home ground of Villa Park and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are also believed to be options for the game to be held at.
UEFA had been expecting 4000 fans from each team to travel to the final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium but that is no highly unlikely to be the case.
The Government has said that the situation will be reviewed every three weeks. Turkey has seen a huge surge in Covid cases, with 22,000 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.