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UEFA Champions League Final Moved from Russia to Paris

Invasion of Ukraine Leads to Decision

The May 28 Champions League Final has been shifted to Paris from Russia as a result of its military invasion of Ukraine.

The decision came after a meeting Friday by the governing body.

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 30, 2020, shows the lawn in repair of the "Stade de France" in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. - France will host this season's Champions League final after Saint Petersburg was stripped of the match due to Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, UEFA announced on February 25, 2022. It will be played at the Stade de France on May 28, European football's governing body (UEFA) said, and also announced that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams competing in international competitions must play home matches at neutral venues "until further notice". (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Full statement ⬇️

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 25, 2022

Per the full statement:

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.

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. 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.

At today’s 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.

The UEFA Executive Committee further determined to remain on standby to convene further extraordinary meetings, on a regular ongoing basis where required, to reassess the legal and factual situation as it evolves and adopt further decisions as necessary.

The final last took place in Paris in 2006.

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