Champions League final moved to Stade de France in Paris as Russia is stripped of hosting by UEFA

European football's governing body has taken decisive action following the invasion of Ukraine.UEFA has actually revealed the 2022 Champions League final will be relocated to Stade de France in Paris following the Russian intrusion of Ukraine, with the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg removed of hosting duties.

Political tension in Eastern Europe has forced decisive action, with a remarkable meeting hung on Thursday chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.The final, set up to occur on May 28, is now set to be held in the French capital.

A declaration from UEFA reads: "The UEFA Executive Committee today held an extraordinary meeting following the serious escalation of the security scenario in Europe.

" The UEFA Executive Committee chose to move 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 gratitude to French Republic President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and commitment to have European club football's most prominent game transferred to France at a time of unrivaled crisis.

" Together with the French government, UEFA will completely support multi-stakeholder efforts to guarantee the provision of rescue for football players and their households in Ukraine who face dire human suffering, destruction and displacement.

" At today's meeting, the committee also decided that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams competing in UEFA competitors will be needed to play their home matches at neutral venues till further notice."

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