UEFA made an announcement that the Champions League will not take place in St. Petersburg after a meeting of the governing body’s Executive Committee on Friday.
The Champions League final 2022 was scheduled to be played out at the Krestovsky Stadium which is sponsored by Gazprom, but will now be moved to 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 Opened Up About The Russian And Ukrainian Teams In The Champions League, Europa League, And Conference League
UEFA also mentioned that the Ukrainian and Russian clubs in the UEFA competitions will have to play their homes games at neutral grounds until further notice.
UEFA released a statement saying it “strongly condemns” Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine: “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.”