Champions League Final Venue Changed; See Reason
As the tension between Ukraine and Russia continues to generate controversy throughout the world, the board of UEFA today announced that this year's Champions League Final will no longer take place in St. Petersburg following an extraordinary meeting of the governing body's Executive Committee on Friday.
2022 final was scheduled to be held at Krestovsky Stadium, which is sponsored by Russian state-owned company Gazprom but will now be moved to the Stade de France in Paris to be played on the original date of May 28.
"UEFA wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to the 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," a statement from UEFA said on Friday.
"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."
UEFA added that Russian and Ukrainian clubs still competing in UEFA competitions -- the Champions League, the Europa League and the Conference League -- will have to play home matches at neutral venues "until further notice".
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