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Chelsea supporters show their spirit in fan zone hours before Champions League final

Hundreds of Chelsea fans gathered at the team’s fan zone in Porto on Saturday (May 29) to warm up before the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City set to kick-off at 1900GMT.

Supporters from of both English teams were driven by scores of buses from the airport to the city centre where fan zones were set up.

Some 16,500 fans will be allowed into the stadium but many others have come to support their teams outside. The fan zones each have the capacity for 6,000 people.

From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the zones will only be open to ticket holders who will then be transported to the stadium for the match which kicks off at 8 p.m.

At the Chelsea fan zone, music was blasting from the speakers on Saturday before lunchtime and some fans were seen relaxing and eating on puff style seating. 

Consumption of beer is allowed inside the fan zones and all supporters must present a negative COVID-19 test to gain access. The zones will open to those without a ticket after 6 p.m. (5 p.m. GMT) and big screens have been put up so they can watch the game.

There have been concerns the event could fuel a spike in coronavirus cases after Portuguese authorities decided to relax COVID-19 rules for the match. Portugal is on the British government’s “green” list allowing tourists to visit the country without quarantining on their return.

(Production: Miguel Pereira, Susana Vera, Miguel Gutierrez)

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