Champions League Final: UEFA Call Emergency Meeting As Russia Launches Attack On Ukraine

UEFA have called an emergency meeting of its executive committee for Friday to discuss the developing situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Russia has launched a military assault on Ukraine, having previously recognised the independence of two breakaway regions in the east of the country.

The ongoing crisis has brought scrutiny to May’s Champions League final, which is due to be held in the Russian city of St Petersburg.

Recent reports have suggested European football’s showpiece event could be moved to another country and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has now called an emergency meeting of the governing body’s leadership to take place tomorrow.

A statement from UEFA read: “Following the evolution of the situation between Russia and Ukraine in the last 24 hours, the UEFA president has decided to call an extraordinary meeting of the executive committee in order to evaluate the situation and take all necessary decisions.”

The governing body later added: “UEFA shares the international community’s significant concern for the security situation developing in Europe and strongly condemns the ongoing Russian military invasion in Ukraine.

“As the governing body of European football, UEFA is working tirelessly to develop and promote football according to common European values such as peace and respect for human rights, in the spirit of the Olympic Charter.

“We remain resolute in our solidarity with the football community in Ukraine and stand ready to extend our hand to the Ukrainian people.

“We are dealing with this situation with the utmost seriousness and urgency. Decisions will be taken by the UEFA Executive Committee and announced tomorrow.”

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