2022 UEFA Champions League: Will The 2022 Champions League Final Move From Russia?
What does the Russian invasion of Ukraine mean for the 2021-22 Champions League final? Well, it will no longer be staged in Saint Petersburg as UEFA has announced a change in venue to Stade de France in Paris.
The last time Russia staged the European showpiece was back in 2008 when Manchester United lifted the trophy following a penalty shootout victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
The transcontinental country was given hosting rights again for this season’s final, but political tension which has resulted in military action has changed the landscape.
Where is the Champions League 2021-22 final being staged?
The 2021-22 Champions League final was originally set to be staged at the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, which is the home ground of Russian giants Zenit.
However, that situation has changed following an announcement from UEFA on February 25 and the game will now be held at Stade de France in Paris.
UEFA have decided to relocate the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Champions League from Russia to France. The Stade de France will now host the final.
When is the Champions League 2021-22 final?
The 2022 Champions League final is scheduled to take place on May 28, 2022.
Why has the Champions League final venue been changed?
It was suggested that Russia may not be allowed to stage the Champions League final from the moment that president Vladimir Putin gave the green light for an invasion of Ukraine.
According to U.S estimates, Russia had stationed 150,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders over the last few months.
The situation escalated on February 22 as Putin announced the recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states and moved soldiers into the two rebel-held regions.
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced the following morning that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had begun.