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Champions and Europa League winners to get FULL trophy presentation as self-service plans ditched

The winners of both the Europa and Champions League finals will be handed their prizes in full trophy presentations.

Unlike the FA Cup Final, each of Europe’s two showcase matches will see players given their medals and the trophies in a formal gathering.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is undergoing the same testing control regime as coaches and players to ensure safety when he takes part in ceremonies designed to feel as normal as possible.

The Solovenian, who will hand over medals at the Europa and Champions League finals, is being tested every few days and is in a specially-designed bubble. Trips away from his hotel are limited, as are the numbers of people who can see him.

Ceferin, 52, will not have to wear a mask thanks to the regime that has been put in place.

Both presentations – at the Europa League final in Cologne a week today and at the Champions League final in Lisbon on Sunday – will take place on the pitch.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may be party responsible for the axing of self-service ceremonies after his botched trophy-lift at the FA Cup final, after Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley. 

The Gunners captain – failing to notice the cup’s handles – attempted to pick the trophy up by the base before dropping it in front of his team-mates, who recoiled in embarrassment.  

Bayern Munich, Barcelona, PSG, Lyon, Manchester City, or RB Leipzig are still in the running to lift the Champions League in Lisbon, with the German champions many fans’ favourites for glory. 

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Inter Milan have emerged as Europa League front-runners ahead of their clashes with Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk.  

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