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UEFA strips Russia of UCL Final hosting right

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UEFA has stripped Russia of hosting this season’s UEFA Champions League final with the Zenith St Petersburg Stadium replaced by the Stade de France in Paris.

The announcement comes after UEFA’s executive committee meeting on Friday, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to UEFA, the men’s final will still be held on May 28 but now at the 80,000-seat Stade de France after the decision by UEFA’s executive committee.

“UEFA wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to French Republic 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,” European football’s governing body said in a statement.

“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.”

The meeting also decided that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams in UEFA competitions will have to play at neutral venues until further notice.

The Stade de France last hosted the Champions League final 16 years ago, when Barcelona beat Arsenal in the 2006 final.

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