UEFA deprives the Russian city of Kazan of hosting a Super Cup game

NYON, Switzerland — UEFA stripped Russia of hosting rights Wednesday for the season-opening Super Cup game in August because of the country’s ongoing war in Ukraine.

The city of Kazan, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, was supposed to host the curtain-raiser game between the winners of this season’s Champions League and Europa League.

It will now be played in Athens at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium home of Olympiakos on August 16, UEFA said after an executive committee meeting.

UEFA did not move the Super Cup from Russia despite taking the 2022 Champions League final from St Petersburg within days of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine last February.

Russian teams have been banned from UEFA and FIFA competitions since February 28 and the International Olympic Committee has also advised sports governing bodies not to let Russia host events.

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