By Ivan Mwine
The war that Russia launched against her neighbour Ukraine has forced the organisers of Champions League to shift the finals from Russia to France and will be played in St Petersburg on 28 May.
Following the new developments, the 2022 Champions League final will be played in Paris after Russia was stripped of the match following the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.
Following a meeting on Friday, Uefa confirmed the match would not be held at the Gazprom Arena.
Uefa expressed “thanks and appreciation” to French 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”.
It added: “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.”
During the meeting, Uefa also ordered Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams to play their home matches away from the region.