It is now OFFICIAL! The Champions League final set to be played on May 28th has been moved from St Petersburg to Paris following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The UEFA Executive Committee today held an extraordinary meeting following the grave escalation of the security situation in Europe,” a statement from UEFA read.
This comes after the executive committee held an emergency meeting on Friday. And now the UCL finals will be held at Stade de France from the 68,000-capacity Gazprom Arena in Vladimir Putin’s home city.
“The UEFA Executive Committee decided to relocate the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Champions League from Saint Petersburg to Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The game will be played as initially scheduled on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.”
“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.”
FIFA has yet to take a decision on what to do about next month’s World Cup play-off matches.
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The 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Champions League final will move from Saint Petersburg to Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
The game will be played as initially scheduled on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.
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— UEFA (@UEFA) February 25, 2022