The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked the European Football Union UEFA to relocate the Champions League final from Russian City of St. Petersburg.
“No chance to hold football tournaments in a Russia invaded in sovereign states,” Johnson said in Parliament in London. “In this critical moment, it is absolutely crucial that President (Vladimir) Putin understands that what he does, a catastrophe for Russia means.”
Johnson announced sanctions against five Russian banks and three Russian businessmen with close connections to Putin. Previously, the Kremlin Chef had recognized the self-appointed separatist republics in Eastern Ukraine as an independent states. Russia would be poorer because of the sanctions, isolated and a pariastate, Johnson said. Russian Minister Nadine Dorries announced discussions. “We will not allow President Putin to exploit events at the world stage to legitimize his illegal invasion in Ukraine,” Twittered Dorries.
Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg demanded in an open letter to the UEFA and their President Aleksander Cefer also to escape the final on St. Petersburg. The times in which one observes the situation only continuously, be over. “The UEFA has to act now,” emphasizes in writing.
“We urge you to consider St. Petersburg and other Russian cities no longer considered venues for international football competitions,” it said in the statement. The UEFA should now select “as the first and extremely urgent step an alternative venue for the Champions League final on May 28, 2022.” MEPs appealed to UEFA to convene a special session of the executive to end cooperation with the Russian energy company Gazprom.
The final of the main European club competition in football should take place on May 28 in St. Petersburg, the hometown of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The UEFA shared with it, “currently no plans to change the venue”. The situation is watched closely. The British foreign politician Tom Tugendhat criticized this sharp. “This is a shameful decision. UEFA should not provide coverage of a violent dictatorship,” tweeting the conservative politician. According to information provided by the German Press Agency, the association advises again on 22 February again on the further procedure.
With a view to international games of the Russian champion Zenit St. Petersburg, UEFA shared, she was in close contact with national associations and unite. “Currently it is provided that all games take place as planned,” it said. Zenit meets on February 24 at the Europa League second leg in Spain on Betis Seville.