The Gazprom Arena, in St Petersburg in Russia, which is the venue of this year’s UEFA Champions League Finals, might not be available if Russia continues it’s invasion plans to Ukraine, and according to UEFA bosses, the venue of the tournament might be changed.
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The growing tension between the 2 EU nations has made the leaders of several countries whose citizens are residing in Ukraine, to leave the country as soon as possible, when commercial flights are still an option, stressing that emergency military evacuation won’t be available.
With this effect, the organizers and bosses of the UEFA champions League has hinted that St Petersburg in Russia might not the host city for the finals which is scheduled to host on 28th of May. Citing that Wembley might be a replacement venue.
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Putin has ordered his troops to enter Ukraine on a ‘peacekeeping mission’ after he officially recognized the country’s eastern regions as independent states. But the move has increased concerns that it will lead to a long-feared Russian invasion of Kiev.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Putin’s decision to recognise the two separatist Ukrainian republics was in breach of international law and an ‘ill omen’ and ‘dark sign’ that things are moving in the wrong.
Meanwhile, UEFA are said to be closely monitoring the situation with a view to drawing up a contingency plan if necessary, according to reports by The Daily Star.