UEFA has revoked Russia of the right to host the Champions League final, with St. Petersburg being replaced by Paris following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The men’s final will still take place on May 28, but will now be held at UEFA’s 80,000-seat Stade de France.
‘The UEFA Executive Committee had an exceptional meeting today in response to the catastrophic deterioration of the security situation in Europe,’ a statement confirmed.
‘The UEFA Executive Committee has decided to move the UEFA Men’s Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to Saint-Denis’ Stade de France. The game will take place on Saturday, 28 May, at 21:00 CET, as originally scheduled.
‘UEFA wishes to express its gratitude and admiration to French President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and dedication to having Europe’s most prestigious club football tournament relocated to France during a period of unprecedented turmoil.
‘UEFA, in collaboration with the French government, will fully support multi-stakeholder initiatives to ensure the rescue of football players and their families in Ukraine who are facing grave human suffering, destruction, and displacement.’
FIFA will now face more pressure to follow suit, with the Czech Republic, Poland, and Sweden issuing an united statement requesting that their scheduled World Cup qualifying matches in Russia be rescheduled.
Additionally, UEFA stated in its statement that it will’remain on standby to hold additional extraordinary meetings, on a regular ongoing basis, if necessary, to review the legal and factual situation as it unfolds and adopt additional conclusions.’
The last time the Stade de France held the Champions League final was in 2006, when Barcelona defeated Arsenal.