UEFA Super Cup ‘still on the calendar’ for Russian city – sports minister – RT Sport News


2023 UEFA Super Cup should be held as planned in Kazan, says Vladimir Leonov

Tatarstan’s sports minister Vladimir Leonov has said he expects Kazan to continue in their role as host of the 2023 European Super Cup despite speculation that UEFA may choose to move the flagship match following the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

The ongoing campaign in neighboring Russia has drawn a wave of condemnation from the sports world as various federations have chosen to impose sanctions on Russia and its athletes following the operation, which began at the end of february.

Saint Petersburg was subsequently stripped of its hosting rights for the 2022 UEFA Champions League final, with the glamorous game instead handed over to Paris, while the Russian men’s national team were effectively barred from taking part in the Cup. this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Various other bans and suspensions have been imposed across several sports, such as the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from this summer’s Grand Slam event at Wimbledon.


These decisions have raised fears that UEFA will soon decide to withdraw Kazan’s hosting rights for the 2023 European Super Cup. the annual match between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the winners of the UEFA Europa League which is scheduled to take place at the Kazan Arena in August next year.

But according to local sports minister Leonov, there has been no formal or informal decision by UEFA from anyone else to move the match from the Russian city.

“It’s on the calendarLeonov told Match TV when asked by the media.

“There has been no official or unofficial statement in this regard. We continue to prepare for it. We do not see anything so complicated from the point of view of the organization.”

With the game still 16 months away from kick-off, UEFA may reserve the right to move the game outside of Russian territory, but for now Leonov seems confident that no move from this type is not yet considered in the corridors of European Power football.

“According to the file that has been submitted, everything corresponds to the regulations – for accommodation, logistics, installation,” he said.

“Let’s see how the situation will develop – here the problem is logistics, visas. So far it’s on schedule and we don’t have any statement from UEFA.”

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The 2021 UEFA Super Cup was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was won by Premier League side Chelsea, who beat Villarreal on penalties after extra time.

The 2022 edition of the match is scheduled to take place at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland.

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