Ukraine crisis: UEFA moves Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to Paris

The on going military invasion of Ukraine that started on Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin as actually led to large part of the world making certain decision, like terminating sponsorship, call of matches, moving events away and also seriously condemning the action because it has let to death of so many people, both the Ukrainian and foreigner in Ukraine

There was an urgent meeting on Friday by European football’s governing body because of the on going war. The Champions League final was set to be played at the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg on 28 May.

Decision Taken Against Russia So Far:

The outcome of the meeting held on friday by UEFA is move this season’s Champions League final from Saint Petersburg in Russia to Paris in France.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin chaired an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee on Friday where it was decided to move the Champoins League Final away from Saint Petersburg following the military attack on Ukraine.

The final will instead move to the Stade de France in Paris. The French capital last hosted the European Cup final in 2006, when Barcelona defeated Arsenal 2-1.

The game will be played as initially scheduled on Saturday, May 28 at 2100 CET.

Bundesliga club Schalke has announced it has cancelled its partnership with main sponsor Gazprom – the official partner of the Uefa Champions League – having last week removed the Russian energy company’s logo from its shirts and they will now be using Schalke 04 instead.

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Badminton’s world governing body (BWF) is the latest  organization to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, announcing the cancellation of all tournaments in Russia and Belarus in addition to banning the national flags and anthems of the two nations.

Ukraine’s Klod Younes told BBC Radio 5 Live that he and his team-mates now intend to return home and defend their country.

Manchester United have cancelled their massive £40million sponsorship deal with Russian airline Aeroflot. The move is in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and comes after United flew to Madrid on Tuesday with Titan Airways.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko said he would take up arms alongside his brother and fellow Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko to fight in what is a “bloody war” following Russia’s invasion of their country Ukraine.

People That Are Stranded:

According to a social media update from director, Michele Criscitiello, De Zerbi and eight of his coaching staff – all Italian nationals – are safe, but stuck in a hotel.

“Roberto De Zerbi and his staff, along with many of their players are stuck in a hotel as many citizens leave for the Polish border,” wrote Criscitiello.

“They heard some loud explosions at 5am near the hotel in which they’re staying”.

Portuguese football manager, Paulo Fonseca has revealed he is stranded in Ukraine with his wife and son after their last-ditch attempt to escape war-torn Kiev failed with their morning flight abandoned.

 


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