UEFA Likely To Move Champions League Final From St Petersburg In Russia

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Uefa will definitely shift this season’s Champions League’s final from St Petersburg due to the Russia and Ukraine circumstances .

Russia has sent troops to two rebel-held regions of eastern Ukraine and is afraid that an invasion is planned.

Some countries, including the UK, have introduced sanctions against Russia in response to the move.

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Uefa said they are closely monitoring the situation and any decision would be made in due course if it is necessary.

In light of the unrest, Uefa is highly unlikely to make the decision to host the game in Russia.

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The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said in the House of Commons on Tuesday that there is no chance to hold football tournaments in Russia that invade sovereign countries.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries added that she had serious concerns about the sports events which were supposed to be held in Russia, like the Champions League final, and would have conversations with relevant bodies.

“We will not allow Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to take advantage of events on the world stage to legitimise his illegal invasion of Ukraine.” She added

Meanwhile, the former United Kingdom sports minister, Tracey Crouch, has told BBC Sport that Uefa was supposed to move the final immediately.

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The European football governing body is assessing the situation before they decide, but they are set to look for a new venue under short notice for the third year running. The past two Champions League finals have happened in Portugal because of the COVID-19 virus problem.

According to BBC Sport, the game will still be played on May 28th, 2022, ruling Wembley out as a potential host due to the League Two and Championship play-off finals being held at the stadium that weekend.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has stated that other venues in the British capital will be closed as part of a comprehensive package of sanctions against Russia.

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