NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has stripped Russia of hosting rights on Wednesday for the season-opening Super Cup game in August. UEFA's executive committee made the decision because of the country’s ongoing war in Ukraine. The city of Kazan was due to stage the curtain-raising 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 Aug. 16. UEFA had not moved the Super Cup from Russia despite taking the 2022 Champions League final from St. Petersburg within days of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine last February.

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