Russia set to be stripped of the Champions League final over Ukraine invasion

24 February 2022, 11:38 | Updated: 24 February 2022, 13:37

St Petersburg is set to be stripped of the Champions League
St Petersburg is set to be stripped of the Champions League. Picture: Alamy

By Stephen Rigley

Uefa is to move the Champions League final from St Petersburg following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to a report.

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European football's governing body has come under massive pressure to switch club soccer's showpiece final due to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

The match was scheduled to be held at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on May 28 but Russia's invasion meant it would be highly likely the game would be moved, with Wembley one of the possible alternative venues.

Sky Sports said the final is going to be moved in the wake of the invasion.

UEFA is due to hold an emergency meeting to discuss moving it. In a statement, it said: "Following the evolution of the situation between Russia and Ukraine in the last 24 hours, the UEFA President has decided to call an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee for Friday 25 February at 10:00 CET, in order to evaluate the situation and take all necessary decisions."

Currently there are four Premier League teams still in the competition - current holders Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.

Yesterday Foreign Secretary on LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast foreign secretary Liz Truss called for a boycott of the final if it is held in St Petersburg.

And members on Thursday members of the European parliament wrote to Uefa calling for an extraordinary meeting, to discuss not only moving the final but terminating sponsorship arrangements with the Russian gas company Gazprom.