The Champions League final is being moved from planned host city Istanbul due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to The New York Times. UEFA, European's governing body for the sport, is considering several alternative venues to complete the competition. The Champions League season was put on hold indefinitely in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the round of 16 phase.
UEFA has been considering completing the tournament in August, along with Europa League, which would come after domestic leagues finish out their seasons in June and July. The German Bundesliga is already underway, while Spain's, England's and Italy's are all set to return in June.
It's unclear how UEFA will move forward with the tournament with there being a possibility that the remaining matches in one neutral location in order to limit travel during the pandemic. Matches across Europe have returned with no spectators and strict protocols to ensure safety and proper hygiene.
A decision on the venue will be made during an executive committee meeting on June 17, and there's a chance that all matches from the quarterfinals on will be held in the same country picked to host the final, according to the report.
Paris Saint-Germain, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig have punched their tickets to the quarterfinals. Four quarterfinal spots remain as the following second legs still left to be played: Barcelona vs. Napoli; Manchester City vs. Real Madrid; Juventus vs. Lyon; Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea.