UEFA meeting: Champions League Final shifted from Russia to France after Ukraine invasion
Kyiv/Moscow: European football governing UEFA on Friday said it has decided this year's Champions League Final will no longer take place in St. Petersburg city of Russia after the country invaded Ukraine.
The decision was taken during an Executive Committee meeting of the governing body.
The UEFA Executive Committee decided to relocate the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Champions League from Saint Petersburg to Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
"The game will be played as initially scheduled on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET," UEFA said in a statement.
"UEFA wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to 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," read the statement.
"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," the statement said.
At the meeting, the UEFA Executive Committee also decided that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams competing in UEFA competitions will be required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.