UEFA has confirmed that this year’s Champions League final scheduled May has been moved from St Petersburg in Russia to Stade de France in Paris in response to Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.

European football’s governing body made the announcement on Friday after an extraordinary meeting of its executive committee. The final was scheduled to take place at the Gazprom Arena in Russia’s second largest city on 28 May.

UEFA on Thursday in a statement strongly opposed the invasion of Russia attack on Ukraine and remained resolute in its ‘solidarity with football community in Ukraine.’

UEFA statement read: “The UEFA Executive Committee today [Friday] held an extraordinary meeting following the grave escalation of the security situation in Europe.

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 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.

At today’s meeting, the UEFA Executive Committee also decided that Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams competing in UEFA competitions will be required to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.

The UEFA Executive Committee further determined to remain on standby to convene further extraordinary meetings, on a regular ongoing basis where required, to reassess the legal and factual situation as it evolves and adopt further decisions as necessary.”