UEFA are set to withdraw Saint Petersburg’s hosting rights for this year’s Champions League final after Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Krestovsky Stadium was due to stage the Champions League final on May 28 after initially winning the game in 2021 before it was pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Russian troops launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine on Thursday, as President Vladimir Putin rejected international condemnation and sanctions and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to ‘consequences you don’t ‘ve ever seen, “wrote ESPN’s Mark Ogden. “World leaders have denounced Russia’s actions, and UEFA are now ready to follow through on their decision to stage this season’s Champions League final in St Petersburg.”
Ogden further reported that alternate venues are being considered for the final. It was reported on Wednesday that Wembley Stadium in London would not be in contention as it is booked for the English Football League (EFL) qualifiers over the same weekend.
According to Ogden, sources have also told ESPN that FIFA are “monitoring the situation” around March’s World Cup qualifiers, with Russia currently set to play Poland in Moscow. Ukraine are also due in the qualifiers on March 24 against Scotland at Hampden Park.