The demands for a transfer of the Champions–League-Finales from the Russian city of St. Petersburg are getting louder due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. However, on Tuesday, UEFA said there were “no plans to change the venue at this time”. The situation is being closely monitored. According to information from the German Press Agency, the association is again advising on how to proceed.
British foreign policy expert Tom Tugendhat sharply criticized UEFA. “This is a shameful decision. UEFA should not provide cover for a violent dictatorship,” the Conservative politician tweeted on Tuesday.
With regard to international matches of the Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg, UEFA said it was in close contact with the national associations and clubs concerned. “Currently, it is intended that all games will take place as planned,” it said. Zenit meets on Thursday in EuropeLeague-Second leg in Spain against Betis Sevilla.
The final of Europe’s premier club football competition is scheduled to take place on May 28 in St. Petersburg, the hometown of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite international protests, the Kremlin chief recognized the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as independent on Monday evening and sent Russian troops into the areas. Great Britain, the EU and the USA immediately announced sanctions.