Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked outrage around the world of football.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had an impact on the sports business as well as stock markets and oil prices.

Russia is “facing expulsion on all major sporting fronts” as a result of Vladimir Putin’s announcement of military action, according to the Irish Independent. In the aftermath of the invasion, national governments are providing “advice” to athletic groups across Europe.

  • Champions League Final

The 2022 Uefa Champions League final was set to take place on Saturday, May 28th in St Petersburg. The match will now be played at the Stade de France in Paris, following an emergency meeting called by European football’s governing body.

The final was set to take place in the Krestovsky Stadium, dubbed the “Gazprom Arena” because of a title sponsorship arrangement with the Russian energy conglomerate. The 68,000-seat stadium in Putin’s hometown also hosted matches during the 2018 Fifa World Cup and the Euro 2020 event organised by Uefa.

According to the BBC, Russian Football Union (RFU) President Alexander Dyukov said he “could not endorse” the action. “We believe the decision was driven by political motives,” said Dyukov, who is a member of Uefa’s executive council and the CEO of Gazprom subsidiary Gazprom Neft. “Sport is out of politics,” has always been the RFU’s guiding principle.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, described the decision as “shameful.”

  • Sponsorship Deals

Gazprom, a Russian energy company, is a prominent European football sponsor, notably the Uefa Champions League. According to the Financial Times, Uefa is under “increasing pressure” to cut relations with the company.

Schalke 04, a German team, has also terminated ties with Gazprom. Schalke, one of Germany’s most popular football clubs, has taken the name of their sponsor Gazprom from their shirts.

Manchester United in England has ended its sponsorship arrangement with Russian carrier Aeroflot. Aeroflot has been barred from trading in the United Kingdom as a result of Russian sanctions. “In light of developments in Ukraine, we have removed Aeroflot’s sponsorship rights,” United stated in a statement. We share our fans’ concerns and offer our condolences to those who have been harmed.”

  • Support across football matches

People gathered outside the stadium before Zenit’s game in Seville to show their support for Ukraine. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy giant, owns and sponsors Zenit. Betis won the game and the tie, but only after VAR overturned Zenit’s last-minute goal.

Prior to Barcelona’s match versus Napoli, both clubs’ players got together to carry a banner with a clear message. Barcelona advanced by defeating Napoli.

Ruslan Malinovskyi of Atalanta just scored in the Europa League and celebrated by showing a statement printed on his undershirt that reads “No War in Ukraine.”

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the football associations of Poland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic warned on Thursday that Russia should not be permitted to hold World Cup qualifiers next month.

On March 24, Russia will host Poland in the semi-finals of their strand of the World Cup playoffs, and if its side progresses, it will face either Sweden or the Czech Republic in the Path B final on March 29. “The Football Associations of Poland (PZPN), Sweden (SvFF), and the Czech Republic (FACR) express their clear belief that the playoff matches should not be played on Russian Federation territory,” they declared in a joint statement

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