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UEFA 'are taking legal advice over how to cut ties with Russian state energy company Gazprom'

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UEFA ‘are taking legal advice over how to cut ties with Russian state energy company Gazprom’ following invasion of Ukraine… with governing body not even a year into latest three-year deal worth £34MILLION a season

  • Gazprom is majority-owned by the government of Vladimir Putin, who ordered Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 
  • UEFA have already decided to move the Champions League final away from St Petersburg to the Stade de France in Paris 
  • UEFA’s sponsorship deal with Gazprom can be traced back to 2012 when the latter first became an official partner
  • The energy company spends approximately £34million (€40m) every year backing UEFA’s various competitions


UEFA are reportedly seeking legal advice on how to sever ties with Gazprom, a major sponsor of European football’s governing body.

The energy company is majority-owned by the government of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who ordered the invasion of Ukraine on Thursday morning.

Fighting has now entered a second day with Ukrainian forces taking to the streets of Kyiv while the sounds of gunfire and explosions rang out as they battled Russian forces for control of the capital.

UEFA have already decided to move the Champions League final away from the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg to the Stade de France in Paris, but the BBC now report they are taking legal advice over how to end their Gazprom sponsorship.

UEFA’s sponsorship deal with Gazprom can be traced back to 2012 when the latter first agreed a three-year deal and therefore became an official partner.

The energy company spends approximately £34million (€40m) every year supporting UEFA’s various competitions, including the Champions League for clubs, as well as international tournaments such as the Euros and Nations League. 

In May last year, Gazprom and UEFA agreed another three-year deal which is reportedly worth around £33.5m to the governing body.

But it is understood the relationship between the two was discussed at UEFA’s executive committee meeting on Friday.

UEFA are reportedly seeking legal advice on how to sever ties with Gazprom (pictured: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin)

UEFA are reportedly seeking legal advice on how to sever ties with Gazprom (pictured: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin)

The energy company is majority-owned by the government of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who ordered the invasion of Ukraine

The energy company is majority-owned by the government of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who ordered the invasion of Ukraine

UEFA's sponsorship deal with Gazprom can be traced back to 2012 when the latter first became an official partner

UEFA’s sponsorship deal with Gazprom can be traced back to 2012 when the latter first became an official partner

Gazprom have already suffered a blow this week when German club Schalke announced on Thursday they were removing their logo from their shirts.

A club statement read: ‘Following recent developments, FC Schalke 04 have decided to remove the logo of main sponsor GAZPROM from the club’s shirts. It will be replaced by lettering reading ‘Schalke 04′ instead.’ 

Gazprom have sponsored Schalke since 2007. 

The news also comes after Manchester United cancelled their massive £40million sponsorship deal with another Russian company in airline Aeroflot.

The energy company spends approximately £34million (€40m) every year backing UEFA's various competitions, including the Champions League

The energy company spends approximately £34million (€40m) every year backing UEFA’s various competitions, including the Champions League

They also back international tournaments such as the Euros (trophy above) and the Nations League

They also back international tournaments such as the Euros (trophy above) and the Nations League

United flew to Madrid on Tuesday to face Atletico in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with Titan Airways.

A United spokesperson said: ‘In light of events in Ukraine, we have withdrawn Aeroflot’s sponsorship rights.

‘We share the concerns of our fans around the world and extend our sympathies to those affected.’

However, Ukraine is still in a perilous position with Putin’s men now thought to be inside the city of Kyiv, though their exact location and number is unclear.

Ukrainian President Zelensky urged any European willing to defend the country to travel to Ukraine and join in the defence.

Ukrainian authorities used armoured vehicles and snowploughs to defend Kyiv and limit movement, and said Russian spies were seeking to infiltrate the city.

Russia’s military said it had seized a strategic airport outside Kyiv that would allow it to quickly build up forces to take the capital.

German club Schalkehave already announced they are removing Gazprom's logo from their shirts

German club Schalkehave already announced they are removing Gazprom’s logo from their shirts

Manchester United have cancelled their massive £40million sponsorship deal with another Russian company in airline Aeroflot

Manchester United have cancelled their massive £40million sponsorship deal with another Russian company in airline Aeroflot

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