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BRITAIN LOBBIES UEFA OVER POSSIBLE SHIFT IN VENUE OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Delicate negotiations are going on between the British government, European soccer’s governing body UEFA and others about where the Champions League final should be played, senior British minister Michael Gove said on Sunday.

The final, scheduled for May 29, will be between two English clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea. It was due to be played in Istanbul but that was thrown into doubt after the British government placed Turkey on its travel red list, making it all but impossible for British fans to attend.

“Talks are ongoing,” Gove said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show when asked about where the final should take place.

“Oliver Dowden the Culture Secretary (also the minister for sport) is talking to UEFA and others about that. I think it would be a really good thing but I don’t want to cut across the conversations that Oliver’s having.”

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