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25th Feb 2022

Paris to host Champions League final after UEFA strip Russia of showpiece game

Daniel Brown

The Stade de France in Paris will now host the final

The 2022 Champions League final has been moved from Russia to Paris after UEFA voted to change the venue as punishment for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It was scheduled to take place in St Petersburg on May 28, but governing body UEFA came under increasing pressure to find an alternative host city after Russian president Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion on Ukraine.

Instead, the final will take place at the Stade de France, Paris. It will be the first time France has hosted the final since 2006.

As reported by Rob Harris, UEFA says it “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”.

Additionally, UEFA also announced that it would relocate any games in tournaments it controls that are due to be played in Russia and Ukraine, at both club and international level.

Four English teams – Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool – are all among the final 16 teams in the Champions League.

Chelsea beat Manchester City in the final last year, which took place in Portugal and Liverpool previously won the league in 2019.

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