UEFA set to move Champions League final as Schalke 04 remove Gazprom sponsor

UEFA set to move Champions League final as Schalke 04 remove Gazprom sponsor

The Champions League final is set to be moved away from Saint Petersburg following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it has emerged.

UEFA have called an emergency meeting for Friday morning, in which it is expected that they will announce that the competition’s showpiece will be moved away from Russia, and moved elsewhere, with London emerging as an early candidate to host the fixture.

What else has been done?

Following the invasion, much ire has been pointed at UEFA’s chief sponsor, Gazprom.

Bundesliga club, who are also sponsored by the Russian oil company, have announced that they will remove the sponsor from their shirts, replacing them simply with the club name, as a result of ‘recent developments’.

Meanwhile, claims were made in the House of Commons that documents had emerged of the corruption of Russian Oligarch and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, including paying for political influence in Russia.

Labour MP Chris Bryan told the house:

‘I have got hold of a leaked document from 2019 from the Home Office which says in relation to Mr Abramovich – ”As part of HMG’s Russia strategy aimed at targeting illicit finance and malign activity, Abramovich remains of interest to HMG due to his links to the Russian state and his public association with corrupt activity and practices.

Roman Abramovich

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks on from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

”An example of this is Abramovich admitting in court proceedings that he paid for political influence.

”Therefore HMG is focused on ensuring that individuals linked to illicit finance and malign activity are unable to base themselves in the UK and will use the relevant tools at its disposal, including immigration powers to prevent this”.

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