The Kremlin on Friday described UEFA’s decision to transfer the Champions League final from St. Petersburg to Stade de France in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
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It is unfortunate that such a decision was made, “said Dmitry Peskov, Russia’s spokesman. “St. Petersburg can provide the ideal conditions to hold such a football festival,” he said.
For his part, the President of the Russian Football Federation, Alexander Djokovic, felt that the UEFA’s decision was “dictated by political motives”.
Adhering to the principle that “the Russian Football Federation is always + beyond sport politics + does not support this decision”, he said in a press release from his federation to move to the Champions League final.
The President of the Russian Federation resolved that it “violates the principles of the sport and the interests of the players, coaches and supporters.”
UEFA announced on Friday that the most prestigious match on the European football annual calendar would take place on May 28 in the Stade de France near Paris, not in St. Petersburg as expected.
Europe’s governing body met urgently on Thursday to strongly condemn Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine.
Another decision taken by the Executive Committee was to “until further notice” on the neutral ground of international home matches or selections of Ukrainian and Russian clubs.
It has to do with Spartak Moscow competing in the Europa League or the French Espoires match in Ukraine on the 29th …