Fire outside Champions League final in Istanbul sends black smoke over stadium before Man City vs Inter

UCL final smokeTony Watters/Miguel Delaney/Twitter
  • Fire raging near stadium
  • Kickoff under two hours away
  • No indication if game will be impacted

WHAT HAPPENED? Numerous reports have emerged that a fire is raging in Istanbul in close proximity to the stadium where Man City are soon set to face Inter in the Champions League final. Firefighters were on the scene two hours before the match, according to a tweet from journalist Rory Smith.

Meanwhile, there are numerous reports that indicate fans have struggled to navigate traffic around the stadium, which has forced some ticket holders to sprint long distances to reach the venue in time for kick-off.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The smoke has drifted over to the ground before warm-ups, however the air pollution does not yet appear to pose a threat to proceedings.

WHAT NEXT? There is no indication yet that the smoke is set to disrupt the game of impact kick-off time, and UEFA has not commented on the situation. There was also chaos at last year's final in Paris, with treatment of Liverpool and Real Madrid fans the subject of independent investigation.