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Paris replaces Russia’s St. Petersburg as host city for Champions League final due to Russia-Ukraine war | Football News

London: Russia has ruled out hosting the Champions League final by UEFA on Friday.

The men’s final will take place on May 28 but now has 80,000 seats at the Stade de France following a decision by the UEFA executive committee.

“UEFA would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to the President of France Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and commitment to bring the best European football to France at a time of unprecedented crisis,” the European Football Association said in a statement. a word.

“Together with the French government, UEFA will fully support the efforts of several shareholders to ensure the provision of rescue for football players and their families in Ukraine facing severe human suffering, destruction and displacement.”

The meeting also decided that the Russian and Ukrainian teams and national teams in the UEFA competitions will have to play in neutral places until further notice.

The Stade de France hosted the Champions League final 16 years ago, while Barcelona beat Arsenal in 2006.

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The stadium is the name of the powerhouse of the Russian government Gazprom, which is also the sponsor of UEFA’s top tier of the Champions League and European Championship.

UEFA Executive Committee member Alexander Dyukov is the co-founder of a Gazprom assistant.

The move comes as Russian bombs and troops hit Ukraine during the first full day of the invasion, and world leaders on Friday began finalizing a response meant to punish Russia and its allies. its director, including the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin.

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