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Wales rather than Russia could host Champions League final suggests Welsh Conservative leader

22 Feb 2022 2 minute read
The Principality Stadium hosting the Champions League Final. Picture by Markos09 (CC BY-SA 4.0).

The Principality Stadium in Cardiff could host the UEFA Champions League final rather than Russia, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives has said.

UEFA are considering moving the UEFA Champions League final in May from Saint Petersburg after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The final is currently scheduled to take place at the Gazprom Arena on May 28, 2022.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said that the Principality Stadium was available to host the game.

“Further sanctions may well be needed, and I add my voice to calls for UEFA to strip Russia of the privilege of hosting the Champions League final,” he said.

“I appreciate that lots of planning goes into this event, but there are plenty of venues experienced in hosting it, including the Principality Stadium, so changing the venue should be relatively straightforward.”

Responding to the UK Government’s announcement of sanctions against Russia, he said that they were “absolutely right”.

“He has shown a robust response in the face of Russian aggression towards Ukraine, and we are hitting Russia where it hurts: in the pocket.

“Sadly, some people in our public sphere continue to victim-blame the Ukrainians. It’s vital that, instead of looking for culpability in the West, we recognise that there is one aggressor in this episode: Russia.”

‘Inconceivable’

The UK Government this afternoon published details of the sanctions it plans to impose on Russia.

It included freezing the assets of three individuals – Gennadiy Timchenko, Boris Rotenberg and Igor Rotenberg – and sanctions against five banks – Rossiya Bank, IS bank, General Bank, Promsviazbank, and Black Sea bank.

However, a number of MPs have raised concerns the sanctions announced today do not go far enough. They include Conservatives Iain Duncan Smith, John Baron and Peter Bone

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had also earlier called for UEFA to strip Russia of being able to host the showpiece event.

“It is inconceivable that major international football tournaments can take place in Russia after the invasion of a sovereign country,” Boris Johnson said.

The then Millennium Stadium in Cardiff previously hosted the Champions League final in 2017.


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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
9 months ago

Why do I have the feeling he would want to turn it into some royalist suckfest?

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
9 months ago

“It is inconceivable that major international football tournaments can take place in Russia after the invasion of a sovereign country,” Boris Johnson said. The hypocrisy. How many sovereign countries have England invaded?

Isle ap Aberystwyth
Isle ap Aberystwyth
9 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

What about the abhoranly violent Welsh conquest of Englend in 1485. Richard 3rd was violated in unmentionable ways.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
9 months ago

Abhorrently.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
9 months ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

178 at the last count, leaving 22.

Last edited 9 months ago by I.Humphrys
Grayham Jones
9 months ago

As long as the money stays in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 and run by welsh people only not incomers

Paul
Paul
9 months ago

His party must be very worried now. They have placed sanctions on their major donors.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

This is a jaw breaker but I agree that Wales would be a splendid choice for the final…Liverpool v ?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
9 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Liverpool versus Ed Sheerans road crew who will be de-rigging after his concert there?

If he keeps on like this ART is a shoo-in for the role of Homer in Simpsons Come Baking On Ice.

Quornby
Quornby
9 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

If it comes to UK It will be Wembley…. Everybody knows that.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

Didn’t Wembley get a red card after the last debacle…

Quornby
Quornby
9 months ago

Football?? Doesn’t this idiot know what’s happening in the world?

Cynan
Cynan
9 months ago

Is this fool still around? The most trivial politician in the disUK

Rob
Rob
9 months ago

There is also the world cup playoffs in March. Ukraine are in the same path as Wales, but face Scotland first. Poland want their playoff match against Russia moved away from Moscow.

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
9 months ago

What a great idea. Maybe you can pitch the idea that all the fans could fly into Cardiff Airport too?

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