Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pleaded with UEFA to consider allowing a stadium in the UK to host the upcoming Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea.

The showpiece occasion, which is scheduled for 29 May, was due to take place in Istanbul's Ataturk Stadium.

But it was announced on Friday that Turkey has been added to England's Covid-19 travel red list, meaning the suitability of the venue is now being strongly questioned.

Supporters of the two teams are being urged not to travel as a result of the decision.

And it could also have ramifications for the England national team, with players potentially being forced to quarantine upon arrival back in the UK after the game.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is one of the grounds thought to be being considered
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is one of the grounds thought to be being considered

The FA are now in talks with UEFA over the possibility of the match taking place in a stadium closer to home, with St James' Park, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Emirates all believed to be available.

And speaking to The Sun, Johnson backed the movement to get the game played in the UK.

"The Champions League is the pinnacle of European club football," he said.

"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."

Boris Johnson has urged UEFA to allow the UK to host the final
Boris Johnson has urged UEFA to allow the UK to host the final

Normally there would be calls for the 90,000-capacity Wembley to host the game, but the Champions League final falls on the same day as the Championship play-off final, meaning this would not be possible.

If the match does go ahead in the UK it would mean up to 15,000 supporters would be permitted to attend.

There were initially plans for a total of 25,000 spectators in Turkey, but with the country now in the grip of a third wave of the coronavirus this is clearly not possible.