UEFA strip Russians of European Super Cup in Kazan, appoint Athens as new hosts

January 26 – In a further re-inforcement of Russia’s ban from European competition, UEFA have stripped Kazan of hosting rights for this year’s European Super Cup due to the war in Ukraine and moved it to Athens.

The move by UEFA’s executive committee came in the same week Russian officials met UEFA to discuss the possible easing of the ban on Russian clubs and national teams – in place since last February.

But far from meeting Russia’s needs, UEFA has only further demonstrated its opposition to the invasion of Ukraine with no end to the conflict in sight.

The European Super Cup is played between the winners of the Champions League and the winners of this Europa League. It had been scheduled for August 1t.

This is the second time in as many years a showpiece fixture has been taken away from Russia after St. Petersburg was stripped of the 2022 Champions League final. The Super Cup final will be played in Athens at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, home of Olympiakos.

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