UEFA acted with a ‘decision’ that generally has nothing to do with sports authorities in the face of the Russian occupation | News from around the world – News 24

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The governing body of European football, depriving Russia of the Champions League final, acted with a speed, clarity and determination rarely shown by sports authorities.

UEFA’s decision Bring football’s biggest spectacle from St Petersburg to Paris on 28 May It came 24 hours after Vladimir Putin’s missiles began landing in Ukraine.

In doing so, it has unequivocally guided other sports organizations that are considering their response to the invasion, despite the risk posed by a lucrative sponsorship deal with Russia’s state-owned energy company Gazprom.

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Gazprom has been a sponsor of UEFA for ten years and spends around £33m a year supporting the Champions League, European Championships and Nations League.

CEO Alexander Dyukov, who is also president of the Russian Football Union, was a minority voice on the UEFA executive committee, which voted to remove only the second Russian organization from the Champions League final.

UEFA has also instructed Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams to play their home matches at neutral venues until further notice.

Important developments:
• Russian invasion reached Kiev
• The President tells his soldiers “you are everything we have”. accuses Europe of not doing enough
• Flights within the UK banned from russia In retaliation after UK sanctions hit Aeroflot

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The final will no longer be played at the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Formula 1 executives were equally quick to announce – a little bit of a type – that September’s Grand Prix would not be held in Sochi.

They have faced criticism in years of racing in places like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

But, obviously, they realized it was different.

They were instantly under pressure from their own drivers.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel said he wouldn’t be here if there was a race. The influential German, who heads the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, was “shocked” by what he saw in Ukraine, adding: “It’s wrong to race there. I won’t go.”

Also, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged his country’s best pilot, Daniel Ricciardo, to stay away.

Morrison has also ordered Australian skiers to boycott a World Cup event this weekend in Yaroslav.

It will become a theme. Athletes who want to continue competing in Russia or don’t know how to react will be told to stay away from it.

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F1 cancels Russian Grand Prix

For now, it will be up to individuals and sports organizations to make the difficult decisions.

Can the world swimming association FINA protect the short-term world championship in Kazan? Will the Paralympic Winter Games allow Russian competitors to start in Beijing from next Friday?

German club Schalke maintained their lead yesterday by pulling Gazprom out of their shirts, while the minor league club risked a vital income but not demoralized.

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In a less significant move commercially, but still sending the right message, Manchester United followed suit, leaving Russian airline Aeroflot as a sponsor.

The Football Association has made it clear that players, clubs and fans can protest the occupation without fear of punishment.

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Normal regulations prohibit demonstrations that could be considered political.

But as the Fed admits, these are not normal times.