Why was the Champions League final stadium moved from Russia to Paris?


Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the end of February, UEFA (European football’s governing body) was quick to confirm that St Petersburg would be removed from the host city of the 2021-22 final. in direct response to Vladimir Putin’s decision to carry out violent attacks on the Ukrainian country with the Russian leader from the city.

The Champions League final moved to Paris

After a quick meeting with French President Macron, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin confirmed on February 25 that the city of Paris and Stade de France in Saint-Denis would stage the final. “The UEFA Executive Committee held an extraordinary meeting today following the serious deterioration of the security situation in Europethe UEFA Executive Committee has decided to move the 2021/22 season final UEFA Men’s Champions League from Saint Petersburg to the Stade de France in Saint-Denis”, reads the official statement from UEFA.

Subsequently, UEFA also banned all Russian domestic and domestic clubs to participate in UEFA competitions, a decision which was later followed by FIFA which ended Russian hopes of securing a play-off place at the Qatar World Cup.

The match will now take place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris at the original time of 9:00 p.m. CET/3:00 p.m. ET on May 28.

The “Reds” take on “Los Blancos”

After the semi-final victories Villarreal and Manchester City respectively, Liverpool will seek to win their seventh European Cup on Saturday in Paris with Madrid in view of what could be a fourteenth European triumph with the dominant Spanish side in the European Cup and it’s recent Champions League incarnation.

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Future venues for UCL finals

Barring more extraordinary events, after the 2022 final in the French capitalIstanbul Ataturk Stadium will organize, after several attempts, the final of the 2022/23 competition with Wembley Stadium in London hosting the 2023/24 final and Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena, which hosts 75,000 spectators, should take center stage for the 2024/25 season.


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