Champions League final Moved To Paris, Not Russia

Champions League final Moved To Paris, Not Russia

The final of the UEFA Champions League was scheduled for May 28 in St. Petersburg, Russia. But that is not happening anymore. The venue of the final match has been taken in Paris, France after being removed from Russia. UEFA held an emergency meeting on Friday afternoon after the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine.

That is where the decision was made. UEFA confirmed the matter in a statement.

UEFA has thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for accepting the offer. The statement said: "I would like to thank French President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and commitment to move the most prestigious final of European club football to France in a time of unprecedented crisis. '

At a meeting on Friday, UEFA said: "Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams have to move their home matches away from their home country and move elsewhere. "Spartak Moscow is the only team from Russia to have made it to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Reaction to Uefa decision?

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick, whose side are in the Champions League last 16, said it was "inevitable" and the "right" decision.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, who led the club owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich to last season's Champions League title, agreed.

"Sadly I think it's the worst reason to change location. This is not good news but it had to happen. There are things more important [than football]," said the German.

While expressing his sorrow at the situation, Paris St-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said the final being held in the French capital would provide "extra motivation" in the club's bid to become European champions for the first time.

Russian Football Union (RFU) president Alexander Dyukov, who serves on the Uefa executive committee and is the chief executive of Gazprom subsidiary Gazprom Neft, said he "could not support" the move.

"We believe the decision was dictated by political reasons. The RFU has always adhered to the principle of 'sport is out of politics'," he said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added: "It's a shame that such a decision has been made. St Petersburg could have provided all favourable conditions to hold this festival of soccer."

However, UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries welcomed "decisive action" by Uefa.

Labour's Lucy Powell, the shadow culture secretary, agreed it was a "welcome step".