The Union of European Football Associations, has stripped Russia, the rights to host this year’s UEFA men’s champions league finals, which was earlier schedule to hold at The Gazprom Arena, in St Petersburg in Russia.
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Stade de France in France is now the new venue for the UEFA Champions League Finals, while the date, May 28, 2022, remains unchanged, this was contained at UEFA’s official website which reads in parts;
“UEFA wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to French Republic President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and commitment to have European club football’s most prestigious game moved to France at a time of unparalleled crisis.
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Together with the French government, UEFA will fully support multi-stakeholder efforts to ensure the provision of rescue for football players and their families in Ukraine who face dire human suffering, destruction and displacement.
“At today’s meeting, the UEFA Executive Committee also decided that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams competing in UEFA competitions will be required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.
“The UEFA Executive Committee further determined to remain on standby to convene further extraordinary meetings, on a regular ongoing basis where required, to reassess the legal and factual situation as it evolves and adopt further decisions as necessary.”
The move and final decision to change the venue was after the extraordinary meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee held in reaction to the escalation of the security situation in Europe which has Russian military under Putins order, invading Ukraine.