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Man City and Chelsea playing for less prize money in the Champions League Final.

Man City and Chelsea playing for less prize money in the Champions League Final.

Man City and Chelsea playing for less prize money in the Champions League Final.

Man City and Chelsea will be competing for less prize money in the Champions League final later this month, according to Matt Hughes at MailOnline Sport.

UEFA’s prize pot has been slashed owing to costs incurred in changing the final game venue from Istanbul to Porto at short notice.

In the last year’s final, Bayern Munich swept in £112 million in bonus and broadcast revenue for winning last year’s Champions League, it is anticipated that the final sum will be much less for City should they arise triumphant on 29th May.

Additional costs to UEFA have come in the form of hiring Porto’s Estadio do Dragao and operating a Covid-secure bubble in Portugal, as well as payment to the Turkish Football Federation who missed out on hosting the final for the second successive year.

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The move is expected to affect all clubs who participated in this year’s competition, with payments now set to be reduced across the board.

The game between the two sides was meant to be played in Istanbul, but after consultation with UEFA after a COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey, the game was moved to Portugal.

UEFA stated on Thursday that the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea had been moved from Istanbul to Porto.

This switch was made to allow English fans to attend as travel between the UK and Turkey is suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The European football’s governing body allowed up to 6,000 fans from each club will be able to attend.

“We accept that the decision of the British Government to place Turkey on the red list for travel was taken in good faith and in the best interests of protecting its citizens from the spread of the virus but it also presented us with a major challenge in staging a final featuring two English teams,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement.

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Man City and Chelsea playing for less prize money in the Champions League Final.

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