In days leading to the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, fans of both the teams did not socially distance and took over Porto’s riverside area to drink and chant team slogans.
Fans in Porto after Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea (Reuters Image)
- Fans of Manchester City and Chelsea have been asked to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms post Champions League final
- Maskless fans did not socially distance and took over Porto’s riverside area to drink and chant team slogans
- Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 to win the Champions League 2020-21 season on Sunday
Portugal’s northern region health authority on Sunday said that all those who got up close to Champions League celebrations in the city of Porto should monitor for Covid-19 symptoms and avoid close contact with others over the next 14 days.
In the few days leading up to Saturday’s final between Chelsea and Manchester City, big crowds of English fans, who were largely maskless and did not socially distance, took over Porto’s riverside area to drink and chant team slogans. The locals had expressed displeasure at the sight.
Some 16,500 fans were allowed into the stadium but many others traveled to Porto to support their teams from the sidelines. On Saturday evening, ecstatic Chelsea fans erupted with joy in Porto’s streets after their team clinched the title following a 1-0 win over Pep Guardiola’s men.
There has been concern in Portugal the event could lead to an increase in infections after authorities decided to relax Covid-19 rules for the match, but also due to the highly contagious coronavirus variant spreading in parts of England after being first identified in India.
All fans had to present a negative Covid-19 test on arrival. Portugal is on the British government’s “green” list allowing tourists to visit the country without quarantining on their return.
In a statement, the regional health authority (ARS Norte) said those who were in fan zones or around areas where celebrations took place should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough and loss of taste or smell.
It also said people should try to “reduce contacts over the next 14 days” and strictly follow preventive measures, such as taking social distancing and wearing a mask.
The recommendations were made due to the high number of fans in Porto who did not comply with COVID-19 rules, ARS Norte said, adding it would “keep monitoring the epidemiological situation” and adjust its response accordingly.
(With Reuters inputs)
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