Ralf Rangnick says the tensions between Russia and Ukraine is more important to resolve than the venue for the Champions League final.
As it stands, the Champions League is set to take place in St Petersburg on May 29, but UEFA may be forced to switch locations which was initially reported by The Times.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the deployment of troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, accelerating a crisis the West fears could unleash a major war, as per Reuters.
UEFA are bound to question whether it’s safe or not to hold this year’s final in St Petersburg with the ongoing developments.
Manchester United interim manager Rangnick was asked about the situation in Ukraine, saying: “We all hope, that things will de-escalate. This is more important than a Champions League game.”
🗣 "We all hope, that things will de-escalate. This is more important than a Champions League game."
Ralf Rangnick says the tensions between Russia and Ukraine is more important to resolve than the venue for the UCL final which is set to be held in Saint Petersburg pic.twitter.com/N0kv92QLgB
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Rangnick has a point but UEFA should definitely plan in advance.