UEFA-partnered fan group calls for Champions League final to be moved amid Russian attack on Ukraine – XenBet

UEFA-partnered fan group Football Supporters Europe (FSE) has publicly called for the relocation of May’s Champions League final – currently set for the Russian city of St Petersburg – after the country launched an attack on neighbouring Ukraine. 

Russian president Vladimir Putin opted to launch a military assault on Ukraine on Thursday, having previously recognised the independence of two breakaway regions in the east of the country.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, responded by cutting diplomatic ties with Moscow and announcing the imposition of martial law.

As such, pressure is growing on UEFA to move European club football’s biggest game away from the Gazprom Arena as a result of Russia’s actions.

The FSE, an independent fans’ organisation that is recognised as a representative association on fan issues by the likes of UEFA and the Council of Europe, has called for the governing body to strip Russia of the showpiece event.

“On this tragic day, our thoughts are with everyone in Ukraine, our friends, colleagues, members and their loved ones,” read a post on the FSE’s official Twitter account.

“Given the events unfolding, we expect an imminent announcement from UEFA on the relocation of the Champions League final from St Petersburg.”

UEFA said in a statement earlier this week that there were “no plans” for a venue change, but pressure could now reach intolerable levels given the escalation of the crisis.

Last season’s final between Chelsea and Manchester City was relocated to Porto from Istanbul with only two weeks’ notice, as Turkey was on the United Kingdom’s ‘red’ list, meaning fans were urged not to travel for the game due to coronavirus risk levels.

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Author: Heidi Porter