The conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to have repercussions, this time in sports. The UEFA Champions League final, originally scheduled for May 28, 2022 at the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been relocated by UEFA.
The game will eventually take place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.This information is provided by New York Times, confirmed by AFP. The last UEFA Champions League final in France was on 17 May 2006. At the time it was against FC Barcelona and Arsenal (the Espanyol won 2-1).
The Kremlin immediately reacted to this UEFA statement, judging “
shame Russia was stripped of this test, ensuring ‘
St Petersburg could have provided ideal conditions for such a football festival ”. The country’s second city already hosted the European competition last summer.
Other sporting events affected
If “Sbornaïa” beat Robert Lewandowski’s team, Moscow must also host the 2022 World Cup play-off semi-final between Russia and Poland on March 24, or even the final on March 29.
In addition to the C1 final, Poland’s sports minister also suggested that the men’s volleyball world championships, which start on August 26, be withdrawn from Russia.
on the side basketball, the men’s Europa League matches will continue over the next few days. Playing in Ukraine seems more complicated. The European Handball Federation (EHF) has decided to move or postpone the tournament on Ukrainian soil to the next four weeks.
International Ski Federation (FIS) It was announced Friday the cancellation of all matches scheduled in Russia until the end of the season “for the safety of all participants and to preserve the integrity of the World Cup”.
Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix“
It is impossible to organize the Russian Grand Prix under the current circumstances The situation also obscures the future of Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, whose team Haas is largely sponsored by Russian potash group Uralkali.