The Union of European Football Associations on Friday stripped the 2021/2022 UEFA Men’s Champions League final hosting right from Russia.
The decision was announced after an extraordinary meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee held in reaction to the escalation of the security situation in Europe which has Russian invading Ukraine.
UEFA said the Champions League final which was scheduled for Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg on May 28 will now hold at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris.
A statement by the European football governing body said the decision was due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The statement reads, “The UEFA Executive Committee today held an extraordinary meeting following the grave escalation of the security situation in Europe.
“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.”