Uefa could take Champions League final global after Boca and River drama

Uefa could take Champions League final global after Boca and River drama

Liverpool face Napoli in Tuesday’s must-win game bidding to keep alive dreams of reaching the final for a second season in a row.

Jurgen Klopp’s side lost to Real Madrid in Kiev last term — while this year’s showpiece is in Atletico Madrid’s stunning Wanda Metropolitano arena.

But Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin revealed he would consider taking the final around the globe if the demand is there.

The Slovenian said: “It is a global sport and the Champions League is the biggest football competition in the world.

“Organising a match somewhere else? It’s hard to say no now.”

Ceferin approved switching South America’s Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors to the Bernabeu last night after aggro forced the second leg to be postponed twice in Argentina.

The Uefa chief cannot imagine no European country being able to stage the final on safety grounds. But he did not rule out playing in Asia or the USA in the future.

Ceferin added: “One billion people watch the Champions League final.

“That is a serious number and I think now more than 50 per cent of those are outside Europe.

“It is impossible to compare what we might do with the Champions League and what has happened with the Copa Libertadores.

“It cannot happen to us that we would not be able to organise a Champions League final anywhere in Europe because of security reasons.”


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