Monday, July 6, 2020 | ePaper

UEFA asked to remove Turkey as Champions League final host

  • Print
AP, Rome :
UEFA has been asked to consider moving this season's Champions League final out of Istanbul because of Turkey's military action in Syria.
UEFA declined to comment Wednesday about a letter sent from the Italian sports minister questioning if it was appropriate to continue letting Turkey host the biggest club game in world soccer in May.
"We know well that the seriousness of what is happening in Syria will not be resolved with this act but we are all aware of the importance (political, media, economic, cultural) that belongs to one of the most important sporting events in the world," the letter states, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
The Ataturk Olympic Stadium was picked by UEFA last year over the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Portugal.
UEFA vice president Michele Uva told an Italian radio station it was "absolutely premature to talk about sanctions," though the situation would be evaluated by the European soccer body's executive committee. It next meets on Dec. 4.

More News For this Category

Messi doubts reflect chaos at Barcelona

Messi doubts reflect chaos at Barcelona

Barcelona may be about to lose the league but losing Lionel Messi would be much harder to stomach.Messi's contract is due to expire next year and the Argentinian has reportedly

Bayern win 20th German Cup to complete double

Bayern win 20th German Cup to complete double

AFP, Berlin :Robert Lewandowski passed the 50-goal mark this season as Bayern Munich completed the double with a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen behind closed doors to win a 20th

Salah provides humble donation to his hometown

Salah provides humble donation to his hometown

Despite being hammered 4-0 by Manchester City in midweek, Pep Guardiola and his players had to form a guard of honour and clap the Reds. The reason? A first Premier

Barcelona eye move for Brazil U-23 goalkeeper Ivan

Barcelona eye move for Brazil U-23 goalkeeper Ivan

Xinhua, Rio De Janeiro  :Barcelona could make a bid to sign Brazil Under-23 goalkeeper Ivan Quaresma, according to media reports in the South American country.The Catalan giants see Ivan as

Alvaro Morata double leads Atletico Madrid to 3-0 over Mallorca in La Liga

Alvaro Morata double leads Atletico Madrid to 3-0 over Mallorca in La Liga

Alvaro Morata scored twice to lead Atletico Madrid to a 3-0 win over Mallorca and extend its strong finish to the Spanish league.Diego Simeone's team has long been out of

Real Madrid go four points clear after edging Getafe

Real Madrid go four points clear after edging Getafe

AFP, Madrid  :Real Madrid took a big step towards winning La Liga on Thursday by battling past Getafe to move four points clear of Barcelona, with five games left.Sergio

Leroy Sane completes Bayern move from Manchester City

Leroy Sane completes Bayern move from Manchester City

BBC Online :Leroy Sane says Bayern Munich is a "great club with big goals" after he signed a five-year contract at the Bundesliga side.The Germany winger, 24, has joined

Man City lay down Liverpool marker with 4-0 rout

Man City lay down Liverpool marker with 4-0 rout

AFP, Manchester :Jurgen Klopp admitted Manchester City are the one side capable of "smashing" his newly-crowned Premier League winners after Liverpool's first match since becoming English champions ended in

West Ham United's Andriy Yarmolenko (right) scores the third goal against Chelsea during their EPL match on Wednesday.

West Ham United's Andriy Yarmolenko (right) scores the third goal against Chelsea during their EPL match on Wednesday.

.

Sanchez shines in Inter rout as Milan salvage draw at SPAL

Sanchez shines in Inter rout as Milan salvage draw at SPAL

AFP, Milan :Alexis Sanchez scored a penalty and set up two goals as Inter Milan thrashed relegation candidates Brescia 6-0 in Serie A on Wednesday, while city rivals AC