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UEFA to strip Russia of Champions League final

24 February 2022 ❤ 2
UEFA to strip Russia of Champions League final

UEFA are wantingto move the Champions League final after Russia invaded Ukraine.

This season's showpiece event is scheduled to take place in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on May 28 but that now seems highlyunlikely following recent news.

Speaking on Wednesday, British prime minister Boris Johnson said Russia should have "no chance of holding football tournaments" because of the ongoingcrisis.

And multiple sources have announced the final will be moved, with an announcement to be madeas early as Friday morning.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called for an extraordinary meeting and it's understoodcontingency plans are being drawn up over where to host the game.

"Following the evolution of the situation between Russia and Ukraine in the last 24 hours, the UEFA president has decided to call an extraordinary meeting of the executive committee for Friday 25 February at 1000 CET (0900 GMT), in order to evaluate the situation and take all necessary decisions," confirmed a UEFA statement on Thursday.

"Further communication will be made after the meeting of the UEFA executive committee."

UEFA have previously been wary and not tochange the venue for the Champions League final having done so for the previous two seasons due to the Covid pandemic.

The 2020 final was set to be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey but was moved to the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.

And last season's final was again moved from Turkey to Portugal, as the Estadio do Dragao in Porto hosted Chelsea's victory against Manchester City.

Saint Petersburg's stadium is sponsored by Gazprom, a Russian majority state-owned energy company and one of the Champions League's biggest sponsors.

UEFA's deal with Gazprom is thought to be worth 33million per season. The Russian company are also one of the official global sponsors for Euro 2024.

It is still not clear where this season's final will take place, although a number of stadiums in England appear to be unavailable on May 28.

By F.Aslam

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