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UEFA 'Considering Moving The Champions League Final From Russia' Following Invasion Of Ukraine, Wembley Could Stage The Event Instead

Rory O'Callaghan

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UEFA 'Considering Moving The Champions League Final From Russia' Following Invasion Of Ukraine, Wembley Could Stage The Event Instead

UEFA is reportedly considering moving the Champions League final from St Petersburg in the wake of Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine.

This season’s final is currently scheduled to take place at the Gazprom Arena on May 28.

European football’s governing body is under pressure to stop Russia from hosting the event after Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered troops into two rebel-held regions in eastern Ukraine.

The Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg is due to host the final on May 28 (Image: PA)
The Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg is due to host the final on May 28 (Image: PA)

Reports on Tuesday claimed that Wembley was already being lined up as the new venue for the final.

However, UEFA released on statement on Tuesday denying this was the case.

“UEFA is constantly and closely monitoring the situation. At present, there are no plans to change the venue,” read a statement.

However, The Guardian claim that the ‘situation is fluid’ and that UEFA officials are 'considering contingency plans'.

Wembley last hosted the Champions League final in 2013, when Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

There are doubts over whether the home of English football could stage this year's final, with the Championship and League Two play-off finals currently penned in for that weekend.

Wembley last hosted the Champions League final in 2013 (Image: PA)
Wembley last hosted the Champions League final in 2013 (Image: PA)

Julian Knight, the chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, has called on UEFA to stop Russia from staging the final.

He told The Telegraph: "It’s something that must be considered given this naked act of aggression.

"To host such a landmark event as the Russian tanks roll sends out all the wrong messages."

UEFA have already taken steps this season to avoid potential conflict, with Russian and Ukrainian clubs kept apart from each other in draws for European football.

Last year's Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City was also moved, with the venue switching from Istanbul to Porto.

The change came coronavirus restrictions placed Turkey on the UK’s red list, which would have prevented supporters from travelling to the country.

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Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Champions League, Russia, Football, UEFA

Rory O'Callaghan
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