Chelsea will play Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup last in Belfast, the Irish FA has actually verified today, despite the fact that a Turkish federal government minister had actually firmly insisted the match would be relocated to Istanbul.
There had actually been speculation the video game might be relocated to the Ataturk Stadium in Turkey even prior to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mehmet Kasapoglu’s, intervention recently.
When Kasapoglu’ mentioned the Super Cup and the 2023 Champions League last. was heading to Istanbul after the Turkish place was denied of hosting the Champions League last for the 2nd year in a row, it appeared like Northern Ireland was predestined to lose out.
‘We had actually finished all our preparations for this competitors and made our strategies. We would like a last with passionate fans in the stands, however it was not possible under pandemic conditions,’ Kasapoglu informed Goal Turkey.
Last season, as coronavirus pandemic collected rate, UEFA moved the latter phases of the Champions League to Portugal and once again this year, the masterpiece wound up in south west Europe after Turkey suffered a 2nd wave of Covid infection.
But UEFA has actually persevered and now verified to the Irish FA that the masterpiece will be played in Belfast after all.
On Saturday, Chelsea gotten approved for the one-off encounter when they stunned Manchester City in a 1-0 success in the Champions League last at the Est ádio do Drag ão arena in Porto.
Meanwhile, in the Europa League last, Villarreal conquered Manchester United in an exhilarating charge shoot out following a tense 1-1 attract Gdansk, Poland, recently.
Throughout weeks of unpredictability over the place of the Super Cup last, Northern Ireland stayed desperate to host the match and the Irish FA has actually now gotten verification from UEFA.
The last will be dipped into the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11.
Irish FA CEO, Patrick Nelson, stated: ‘We have actually kept in close contact with our partners at UEFA on the matter and following these conversations we are happy that they have actually verified that the video game will remain in Belfast.’
Details of the participation and ticketing plans are still to be settled.