As a result of the invasion of Ukraine escalates, Russia was suspended from hosting the Champions League final by UEFA with St Petersburg being replaced by Paris while Formula One canceled the upcoming season of the Russian World Championship in Sochi. Manchester United has also suspended Russian state-owned airline company Aeroflot as a sponsorship citing incidents in Ukraine after the company was sanctioned in the United Kingdom
Ignoring the fact that UEFA has kept the Russian oil company as a Champions League partner, the final will no longer be held at the St Petersburg stadium named after Russia’s state-owned. After a decision by league officials, the final of the European men’s football season will be conducted on May 28 at the 80,000-seat Stade de France in the Saint-Denis district of the French capital.
A Russian member of the UEFA claimed the decision was made for political reasons. He was also against UEFA’s decision to force Russian clubs and national teams to play in neutral sites until further notice and a decision that was also imposed on Ukrainian teams. The action comes after Russian bombs and troops battered Ukraine on the first full day of the invasion and foreign leaders continued to fine-tune a response aimed at punishing Russia’s economy and leaders.
The F1 race was scheduled for September at the Black Sea town of Sochi, but after discussions with teams and the FIA governing body, the motorsport series’ leadership decided that staging the Grand Prix would be difficult. The Russian company’s sponsorship of the American team Haas was also terminated.’ We are saddened and shocked by the happenings in Ukraine and hope for a speedy and peaceful conclusion to the current crisis,’ F1 said in a statement.
Aside from football, the International Ski Federation has confirmed that Russia will no longer host any World Cup events this winter. The decision was made following a ridiculous attempt to stage ski cross events in the Ural resort of Sunny Valley, one day after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.
Only a few Russians competed, and scores of racers from other countries were absent. The FIS cited the safety of all contestants and the World Cup’s authenticity as reasons for canceling five scheduled events in the coming month. Alternative locations are being pursued.
This year, the International Tennis Federation has Schedule events in Russia and Ukraine. It did, however, now need to take steps to reschedule a World Tennis Tour event scheduled for April in Ukraine.