The European Football Association (UEFA) is developing contingency plans for the city that will host the final of this season’s Champions League. The Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, with a capacity of 68,000, is scheduled to host the Champions League final, but UEFA may have to move the tournament from Russia.
On Thursday, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine, and explosions were heard in the capital, Kiev, and other explosions were reported in Odessa and Kharkiv. Champions League, scheduled for May 28.
PA Media suggested that UEFA’s decision regarding the new city that will host the European final will be delayed, until the parties to the final match are known. And the British News Agency indicated that if two teams from England qualify for the final match, as happened in the previous edition when Manchester City met Chelsea, the final may be transferred to England. UEFA is also discussing the fate of the Russian national team from playing a match and perhaps two matches at home next March as part of the qualifying playoff for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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