In view of this, sources close to UEFA consider that the final is unlikely to be held in Russia. Tracy Crouch, ex-British The Minister of Sports told BBC SportThat UEFA should move the final immediately.
European football’s governing body is assessing the whole situation before making a decision on the matter, but it is planned to search for a new venue for the third year in a row. The last two Champions League finals were held in Portugal due to problems with Covid-19.
BBC Sport has learned that the match will continue on Saturday, May 28, which will likely rule out Wembley as host, as it will host the finals of the Lower Division, League Two and the Championship at that time.
UEFA is also in talks with Dynamo Kiev and Sporting Lisbon to reach the top 16 places in the youth BL category, which is scheduled to be held on March 2 in the Ukrainian capital.
Matches from other UEFA competitions will also have to be rescheduled. No Ukrainian team will participate in other European Cups this season, but Russia’s Zenit St Petersburg is still in the Europa League and will play its second qualifier against Real Betis in Spain on Thursday. Zenit lost the home match 3-2.
Internationally, Russia is set to host Poland in World Cup qualifiers on March 24 and will meet Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 if victory is achieved. Ukraine is also participating in the World Cup qualifiers and will visit Scotland and then Wales or Austria to qualify for the Qatar Championship.
Tensions in the region soared this week after Russian President Vladimir Putin led forces into the two rebel-annexed regions in eastern Ukraine after they were recognized as an independent country. Fear of invasion has increased in recent months as the United States estimates that Russia has deployed about 150,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders.
“Given the British and European majors in the Russian championship in Ukraine, UEFA must move the Champions League final from Gazprom immediately.” Crouch added. The boycott of politicians and officials traveling to the 2018 World Cup in Russia was a weak message to President Putin that did not bring about any significant change, so UEFA must take a much stronger position, not least for the safety of fans visiting stadiums.”
Saint Petersburg was the venue for several matches in the postponed Euro 2020 championships last summer.
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