After taking a stand on the Russia-Ukraine conflict by moving the Champions League final from St. Petersburg, the European Football Association (UEFA) goes a step further and is trying to find a legal way to terminate its sponsorship deal with Gazprom.
Gazprom is one of the main sponsors of the Champions League, and UEFA’s sponsorship deal with the Russian oil giant is worth more than 50 million pounds.
UEFA leaders are now negotiating and trying to find a legally feasible way to terminate their sponsorship deal with Gazprom, following an emergency meeting of the European House of Football.
“We will have new meetings to discuss further steps in this situation,” a UEFA spokesman confirmed.
Football and Formula 1 have so far taken the strongest positions on this issue, as F1 has already announced that in these conditions it will not be until the race in Sochi.
The Football Association of Poland announced on Saturday that it does not intend to play against Russia in the World Cup qualifier and will call on the federations of Sweden and the Czech Republic to take a joint stand before FIFA.