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Champions League final moved to Paris after Russian invasion of Ukraine


The Stade de France, Saint-Denis (France) is shown in this image from 2016.

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Following Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, UEFA decided to move the Champions League final from St Petersburg to Paris.

On Friday, the emergency meeting of the UEFA executive committee decided that the showpiece would be moved to the Stade de France. It was originally located in the Gazprom Arena with 68,000 capacity.

According to UEFA, a statement read: “After the severe escalation and deterioration of security in Europe,” the UEFA Executive Committee met today.

The UEFA Executive Committee has decided to move the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Champions League, which was originally scheduled for Saint Petersburg, to Stade de France Saint-Denis. It will take place as originally scheduled, Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.

“UEFA would like to thank President Emmanuel Macron of France for the personal support and dedication to having European club football’s most prestigious sport moved to France during a moment of unprecedented crisis.

“UEFA, together with France, will support multi-stakeholder efforts for the rescue of footballers and their families in Ukraine, who are facing dire human suffering, destruction, and displacement.”

A decision was also made by the executive committee that Russian and Ukrainian national clubs, as well as teams participating in UEFA competitions, will have to host their matches at neutral venues for the time being.

Spartak Moscow, in the Europa League will suffer. This also applies to Russia and Ukraine who are part of the 2022/23 Nations League that is scheduled to begin in June.

FIFA has not yet made a decision regarding next month’s World Cup playoff matches.

Russia will host Poland in the play-off semifinals on March 24. The winner of the Sweden-vs Czech Republic semifinal in Russia would be competing for a place at Qatar.

Wednesday’s statement by the Czech Republic and Sweden’s federations stated that they do not believe matches can be played on Russian land and demanded “alternative options.”

Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, stated that his organization would examine the issue with urgency but expressed hope that the situation will be resolved next month.

The Ukraine will face Scotland in the play-off semifinal at Hampden Park on March 24th, but this match could be canceled due to the suspension of the Ukrainian league following the invasion.