Turkey to host Champions League final in August, restart football leagues on June 12: report

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Turkey plans to host the Champions League final in late August, the head of its football federation said on Wednesday, and will resume domestic football leagues without fans on June 12 after a three-month suspension caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to Reuters.

Two months ago European football’s governing body UEFA had indefinitely postponed the Champions League showpiece, which had been scheduled to be played in İstanbul on May 30.

Turkish Football Federation (TFF) Chairman Nihat Özdemir said Europe’s elite club final was being planned for the end of August, but that details on the format and timing would be finalized after talks with health officials and UEFA.

“God willing, we will complete our own leagues at the end of July. We will hand over our cups on the pitch and then we will cap the season off by hosting the UEFA Champions League final in August,” Özdemir told a televised press conference.

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