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UEFA moves Champions League final from Russia to Paris

UEFA has announced that the 2022 Champions League final has been moved from from St Petersburg to Paris following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The showpiece event will now take place at the Stade de France in the French capital on May 28, with the decision taken after "an extraordinary meeting" held by UEFA's Executive Committee.

"The UEFA Executive Committee today held an extraordinary meeting following the grave escalation of the security situation in Europe," read the statement.

"The UEFA Executive Committee decided to relocate the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Men's Champions League from Saint Petersburg to Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The game will be played as initially scheduled on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.

"UEFA wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to French Republic President Emmanuel Macron for his personal support and commitment to have European club football's most prestigious game moved to France at a time of unparalleled crisis.

"Together with the French government, UEFA will fully support multi-stakeholder efforts to ensure the provision of rescue for football players and their families in Ukraine who face dire human suffering, destruction and displacement."

The Champions League last-16 first legs have now been completed following this week's European action, with the second legs due to take place in March.

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