The European Football Association (UEFA) announced the transfer of the Champions League final match from Saint Petersburg, Russia, to the Stade de France, in France, against the background of the Russian-Ukrainian events.
“The European Football Association (UEFA) Executive Committee today held an extraordinary meeting in the wake of the dangerous escalation of the security situation in Europe,” UEFA said in its statement.
The statement added, “The Executive Committee of the European Football Association (UEFA) has decided to move the 2021/22 Champions League final for men from Saint Petersburg to the “Stade de France” in Saint-Denis. The game will be played as initially scheduled on Saturday, May 28 at nine o’clock. Evening Central European Time.
The statement continued, “UEFA would like to express its thanks and appreciation to the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, for his personal support and commitment to bringing the best game of European club football to France in a time of unparalleled crisis, and in cooperation with the French government, UEFA will support Football is fully integrated into the multi-stakeholder efforts to ensure that footballers and their families in Ukraine who are facing dire humanitarian suffering and displacement are brought to the rescue.”
It continued: “At today’s meeting, the UEFA Executive Committee also decided that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams competing in UEFA competitions will play their home matches in neutral stadiums until further notice.”
The statement concluded: “The UEFA Executive Committee has also decided to remain ready to hold further extraordinary meetings, on a regular and ongoing basis as appropriate, to reassess the legal and factual situation as it evolves and to adopt further decisions as necessary.”