Ukraine issue: UK government demands UEFA Champions League final moved from Russia

Amid the Ukraine issues, The British government calls for the Champions League final to be taken out of Russia on Tuesday to punish its deepening intervention in Ukraine, prompting UEFA to say it would reconsider hosting rights. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson highlighted concerns about the showpiece men’s game being played in St. Petersburg on May 28 as he urged Russian President Vladimir Putin not to conduct a full invasion of Ukraine.

Russia sparked an outcry by announcing on Monday that its recognition of independence for areas in eastern Ukraine extended to territory currently held by Ukrainian forces. UEFA has had to move the Champions League final in the last two seasons, both times from Turkey to Portugal due to the pandemic. FIFA council member Alexey Sorokin, who also leads the organising committee for the final, said no discussions with UEFA had taken place about St. Petersburg losing the hosting rights.

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