After UEFA robbed Russia of the right to host the final, the 2021/22 Champions League will culminate with a grand event in France. The event was initially scheduled for May 28 at St Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium, which is now known as the Gazprom Arena due to sponsorship considerations. However, UEFA announced on Friday that the final will be held in the Stade de France in Paris, which also hosted the Euro 2016 final.
The UEFA decision was made in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s command to invade Ukraine with his forces. “The UEFA Executive Committee today held an exceptional meeting after the alarming escalation of the security situation in Europe,” UEFA said in a statement. The UEFA Executive Committee has decided to move the 2021-22 UEFA men’s Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to Saint-Denis’ Stade de France. The game will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 9 p.m. CET, as planned.
“UEFA wishes to express its gratitude to the French Republic President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and commitment in helping to bring European club football’s most prestigious game to France at a moment of unprecedented turmoil.” UEFA would completely support multi-stakeholder initiatives to secure the provision of rescue for football players and their families in Ukraine who are facing extreme human suffering, destruction, and relocation, in collaboration with the French government.” In addition, until further notice, Russian and Ukrainian teams must play their home games at neutral grounds.
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