The President of the Russian Football Federation, Alexander Dyukov, said that the decision to move the Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to Paris was politically motivated.
“The Russian Football Federation has been serving as a reliable partner for UEFA for a long time, not only fulfilling all necessary obligations, but also providing comprehensive support in the implementation of new projects and the holding of major competitions,” the website of the Russian Football Union quoted Dyukov as saying. He explained that “the most important and most famous was that the Champions League final was held in Saint Petersburg, and preparations for it continued to this day and fully met all requirements, including in terms of security.”
“We believe that the decision to move the stadium for the Champions League final was dictated by political reasons,” Djokov added.
The European Football Association “UEFA” announced the transfer of the Champions League final match from the Russian city of Saint Petersburg to the Stade de France in France, against the background of the Russian-Ukrainian events.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, whose independence Russia recognized two days ago and concluded a charity agreement with its leaders, coinciding with the start of the military ground movement in Ukrainian cities during the past few hours.
Putin said that his country does not intend to occupy Ukraine, but rather to protect the Donbass region, which includes the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, warning against any external interference in Ukraine and at the same time calling on the Ukrainian army to lay down its arms.
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