UEFA Finally deprives Russia the right from hosting Champions League finals
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has deprived Russia of the privilege to host the UEFA Men’s Champions League final in 2021/2022, as announced on Friday.
In response to the escalation in the security situation throughout Europe, which has seen Russia invade Ukraine, an emergency meeting of UEFA’s Executive Committee was called to take place on Tuesday, March 12.
The final, which was originally planned to take place in Saint Petersburg, will instead take place on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Stade de France in Paris, according to a statement on UEFA’s website.
The statement read in part:
“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. 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.”