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Champions League final moved from St Petersburg to Paris following Russian invasion of Ukraine, UEFA confirms

UEFA has moved the Champions League final to Paris following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a statement has confirmed.

The final was set to be played at the Gazprom Arena in the Russian city of St Petersburg on 28 May, but this has been changed to the Stade de France in Paris instead.

The decision to move the football showpiece event was made at an emergency meeting of European football’s governing body today.

UEFA also said that the home games of Ukrainian and Russian club and national teams competing in UEFA competitions will be played at neutral venues “until further notice”.

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It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military invasion of neighbouring Ukraine yesterday.

Russia and Ukraine were also both scheduled to play World Cup play-off matches in March, but FIFA said the situation between them would be monitored.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino recently said the governing body has “a duty to look into the footballing consequences of what is happening”.

He said: “FIFA condemns the use of force by Russia in Ukraine and any type of violence to resolve conflicts. Violence is never a solution and FIFA calls on all parties to restore peace through constructive dialogue.”

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