Delicate negotiations are going on between the British government, European football's governing body UEFA and others about where the Champions League final should be played, senior British minister Michael Gove said on Sunday.
The final, scheduled for May 29, will be between two English clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea. It is due to be played in Istanbul but that has been thrown into doubt after the British government placed Turkey on its travel red list, making it all but impossible for British fans to attend.
Wembley has been put forward as an alternative venue, and Gove said talks are taking place at a high level.
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"There are delicate negotiations that are going on at the moment," Gove said on Sky News when asked about where the final should take place.
"My friend, my colleague the culture secretary Oliver Dowden (also the minister for sport) is talking to people about this at the moment, and so I don't want to cut across that. But I'm sure that fans in the UK would dearly love to see the final played here in the UK."
Asked about the same issue in a separate interview on the BBC, Gove said Dowden was talking to "UEFA and others".
While Wembley has been put forward as an option, Gove floated the prospect of Hampden Park playing host to the match.
"Personally speaking, I wouldn't mind if it were held here in Scotland," Gove said. "I wouldn't mind if it were held at Hampden."
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