Champions League Final could be moved from St. Petersburg


UEFA will more than likely switch this season’s Champions League final away from St Petersburg amid the crisis between Russia and the Ukraine. .
There are fears of an invasion and countries, including the UK, have introduced sanctions against Russia.
Speaking in the House of Commons the Uk Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “No chance of holding football tournaments in a Russia that invades sovereign countries”.
The Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said she had “serious concerns about the sporting events due to be held in Russia, such as the Champions League final, and will discuss with the relevant governing bodies.
“We won’t allow [Russia] President [Vladimir] Putin to exploit events on the world stage to legitimise his illegal invasion of Ukraine.”
UEFA are assessing the situation and looking for venues for the 28th of May decider. The last two Champions League Finals were played in Portugal due to Coronavirus related issues.
Other competition fixtures may need to be moved. There are no teams from Ukraine left in any European competition but Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are still in the Europa League and are due to play the second leg of their play-off tie with Real Betis in Spain on Thursday.
While at international level Russia are due to host Poland in a World Cup play-off on 24 March. Ukraine also have a World Cup play-off, and visit Scotland and then either Wales or Austria.