UEFA Champions League Final move to Paris from Saint Petersburg

UEFA Champions League Final move to Paris from Saint Petersburg

On Friday, European football's governing body, UEFA, voted to move this season's Champions League final, the showcase game on the continent's sporting calendar, to Paris as punishment for Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It was firstly scheduled to be played in St. Petersburg.

On Friday, UEFA released a statement that said that the UEFA Executive Committee decided to move the UEFA Men's Champions League Final 2021/22 from Petersburg to Stade de France after an extraordinary meeting Saint-Denis.

"The UEFA Executive Committee held today an extraordinary meeting following the grave escalation of the security situation in Europe, read the UEFA statement.

It added.

"The UEFA Executive Committee has decided to shift the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Men's Champions League from Petersburg to Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The match will be played as firstly scheduled on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET,"

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It'll be the first time since 2006 the European football showpiece event will be held at the Stade de France. Reports suggest that French President Emmanuel Macron was heavily involved in talks with UEFA chief Aleksander Čeferin about moving to France.

"UEFA wishes to express and thanks and appreciation to President Emmanuel Macron French Republic for his support and commitments to have European club football's most honored game moved to France at a time of unparalleled disaster."

"Together with the French government, UEFA will fully support multi-stakeholder efforts to ensure the provision of rescue for football players and the families in Ukraine who face terrible human suffering, destruction, and displacement."

On Friday's meeting, it was also decided that Ukrainian and Russian clubs and national teams participating in the UEFA contest will be required to play home matches at neutral venues until further notice.

The statement also read that the UEFA Executive Committee is 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 different decisions as necessary.

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