The European Football Association “UEFA”, in an official statement, condemned the Russian military invasion of Ukraine amid demands to move the Champions League final match for the current season 2021-2022 due to the current events there.
The European Union will convene an extraordinary executive committee tomorrow, Friday, in which it will address the situation resulting from the Russian intervention, and it is very likely that among the decisions it will announce will move the Champions League final, which was initially scheduled in St. Petersburg, to another stage.
The UEFA statement read: “UEFA shares the international community’s grave concern about the evolving security situation in Europe and strongly condemns the ongoing Russian military invasion of Ukraine.”
The statement added: “As the governing body of European football, UEFA works tirelessly to develop and promote football in accordance with common European values, such as peace and respect for human rights, all of which are present in the spirit of the Olympic Charter. We remain in solidarity with the Ukrainian football community and are ready to reach the people of Ukraine”.
“We take this situation with the utmost seriousness and urgency. The UEFA Executive Committee will take decisions in this regard and will announce them tomorrow,” the statement confirmed.
The European Football Association (UEFA) is choosing between three options in order to host the 2022 Champions League final, instead of St. Petersburg, against the backdrop of Russia’s war against Ukraine during the past hours.
The British newspaper, “Daily Star”, reported that UEFA is choosing between 3 stadiums in England to host the Champions League final instead of St Petersburg in Russia, which are Wembley Stadium, London Olympic Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had announced the start of a military operation in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, whose independence Russia recognized two days ago and concluded with its leaders a charity agreement, 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.