UEFA to move Champions League final away from Russia following the Ukraine invasion

Following Russia’s military operation against Ukraine, UEFA has announced that the 2021-22 Champions League Final in Russia will be dropped. UEFA has called an emergency meeting to be held on February 25 to discuss the ongoing matters between the country.

Champions League final removed from Russia
Champions League final removed from Russia
Source: cnn.com & uefa.com

Will UEFA move the Champions League Final out of Russia?

The sources confirm that the meeting will be held regarding this matter on Friday, 25th February 2022. The meeting will make a final decision to move Champions League away from St Petersburg. The next destination for UCL final is also set to be discussed as well. The result from meeting is disclosed below.

What does UEFA say?

On February 24, 2022, UEFA has issued a statement through their Twitter, They said,

“Following the evolution of the situation between Russia and Ukraine, the UEFA president has called an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee for 10:00 CET on Friday 25 February, in order to evaluate the situation and take all necessary decisions.”

UEFA released another statement shortly after and said,

UEFA shares the international community’s significant concern for the security situation developing in Europe and strongly condemns the ongoing Russian military invasion in Ukraine.

As the governing body of European football, UEFA is working tirelessly to develop and promote football according to common European values such as peace and respect for human rights, in the spirit of the Olympic Charter. We remain resolute in our solidarity with the football community in Ukraine and stand ready to extend our hand to the Ukrainian people.

We are dealing with this situation with the utmost seriousness and urgency. Decisions will be taken by the UEFA Executive Committee and announced tomorrow.

Previously the final match was set to be held in St. Petersburg in Russia.

What was Meeting’s conclusion? Where is the new destination of the UCL final?

As expected, the meeting held on 25th February 2022 discussed the immediate effect of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on football. 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, Paris. However the schedule of the final has not changed, the game will be played as initially scheduled on Saturday 28 May.

What is happening between Russia and Ukraine?

Russia has launched a devastating attack on Ukraine by all means, air, land, and sea. Russia has already taken full-scale invasion and taken down the major border guard units of Ukraine. The Russian military has already crossed the border in the north, east, and south.

And the Russian forces have already landed at the major port cities of Odesa. Though Putin has said that Russia has no intention to invade Ukraine, he has urged the servicemen of Ukraine to put their weapons down and go home.

In response to Russia’s action against Ukraine, leader from top countries has already made their statement. And UEFA also does not want to host the final in the country involved in the war.

Others reaction to the Ukraine-Russia war

Several opinions have been made regarding the current issue, mostly against Russia.  Several countries have shown their interest to host the Champion League Final in their country.

The former English footballer Gary Linekar thinks it is the right decision to move the Champions League out of Twitter. He made his opinion through his Twitter account saying,

UEFA is to move the Champions League final away from Russia. The right decision.

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