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Why Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge could host a match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv

Why Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge could host a match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv

According to The Athletic, Stamford Bridge could host a Ukrainian Premier League match later this season. Despite Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s top flight resumed operations in August.

Shakhtar Donetsk has been playing their Champions League home games in Warsaw, Poland, behind closed doors.

Shakhtar will face Dynamo Kyiv on Sunday, and the game will be played behind closed doors, despite attempts to play it in England.

The idea, according to the report, was to allow English football fans to show their support for Ukraine, while also allowing the country’s two biggest teams to play the game with fans in attendance.

Chelsea was approached about hosting the game, despite the fact that the Blues were playing away at Aston Villa on the same day.

Despite the fact that Todd Boehly and others at Chelsea were eager to make it work, they felt there wasn’t enough time to prepare for the game and sell tickets.

However, the Blues are believed to have offered to host the rematch on April 22, 2023, when Chelsea are away at Manchester United.

There may also be other options for playing the match in April. The Ukrainians looked into playing the game this weekend at West Ham United’s London Stadium and Queens Park Rangers’ Loftus Road.

According to the report, talks to host the game at the London Stadium ‘slowed’ after Queen Elizabeth II died, and it was not possible to arrange the game at Loftus Road within the short timeframe.

Why Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge could host a match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv

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