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Portugal’s President Criticises UEFA Champions League ‘Bubble’ Technique


Portugal’s president on Saturday criticised the nation’s authorities for failing to implement a Covid-19 “bubble” in Porto ahead of the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea. The final of Europe’s premier club tournament was scheduled to be played in Istanbul but was moved to Porto as Portugal is on the British government’s green travel list. Around 6,000 supporters from each club had tickets for Saturday’s match and thousands more made the journey to northern Portugal. Special fan zones, where access was restricted to people able to show a negative Covid-19 test, have also been set up. Supporters were supposed to be kept apart from local residents in the city.

But scenes of visitors failing to respect social distancing rules in the city since they began arriving on Thursday angered President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

“You can’t tell the supporters to stay in a ‘bubble’ and then the bubble doesn’t exist,” he mentioned throughout a go to to a meals financial institution.

“No-one can inform supporters to obey the principles, to repair limits after which say that the restrict is completely different.”

The majority of supporters are expected to leave Portugal on Sunday.

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