UEFA to hold extraordinary meeting amid Russia's intervention in Ukraine

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 draw at O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. Picture date: Thursday October 28, 2021.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin on Thursday called an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee "to evaluate the situation" and "take all necessary decisions" after Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

The meeting will be held on Friday, UEFA said on Twitter.

The military action has put at risk the 2022 UEFA Champions League final scheduled to take place at the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg on May 28.

The European football's governing body earlier told Anadolu Agency that it is "closely monitoring the situation" between the two countries.

UEFA is constantly and closely monitoring the situation and any decision would be made in due course if necessary.

UEFA has already postponed the Youth League match between Dynamo Kyiv and Sporting Lisbon, which was slated for March 2 in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" early Thursday in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.

The attack came just days after it recognized two separatist-held enclaves in eastern Ukraine, drawing international condemnation.

Western leaders have responded with fury, announcing sanctions and vowing to hold the Kremlin accountable.

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