Russia will no longer host the 2022 UCL final after the invasion of Ukraine

After invading Ukraine on Thursday, UEFA could decide as early as Friday to no longer hold this year’s Champions League final in St.

After Russia invaded Ukraine, UEFA plans to deprive St.Petersburg of the right to host this season’s Champions League final on May 28.

The Associated Press reportedciting unnamed sources, that the decision to strip the 68,000-seat Gazprom Arena of the final could be made formally on Friday at an extraordinary meeting of the UEFA executive committee.

UEFA, the official governing body of European football, issued a public criticism of Russia hours after the invasion.

“UEFA shares the significant concern of the international community with the evolving security situation in Europe and strongly condemns Russia’s ongoing military aggression in Ukraine,” UEFA said. said in a statement.

UEFA will host the Champions League final from Russia after invading Ukraine

Sky Sports reported The Ukrainian FA wants the 2023 UEFA Super Cup final to be moved from Kazan in Russia and has made a request that FIFA and UEFA ban Russian teams from participating in their competitions.

Earlier in the day, the Polish, Czech and Swedish FAs wrote to FIFA saying the games should not be played in Russia, citing “military escalation” and “lower safety”.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino called for a “quick end” to the Ukraine conflict on Thursday and also confirmed that Russia’s 2022 World Cup playoff against Poland next month is under consideration as “a matter of urgency. “

If UEFA approves its decision, this will be the third year in a row that the UCL final will be held. The original venue of the final was moved in both 2020 and ’21 because of the pandemic. Russia will no longer host the 2022 UCL final after the invasion of Ukraine

John Verrall

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