The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took the UEFA delegation led by President Alexander Ceferino.
On Friday 11 November, informs a press-service of the head of state.
«Poroshenko said that as a result of Russian aggression in the Donbass more than 200 thousand children from Ukraine have lost their homes. He thanked UEFA for their financial support for social integration of internally displaced children in Ukraine in cooperation with the Children’s Foundation of UEFA», — stated in the message.
The head of state emphasized the basic position of UEFA regarding the ban of the official football competitions in Russia-occupied Crimea and urged the UEFA President to adhere to it in the future. The Ceferin, founder assured that the position of UEFA on Crimea will be unchanged.
The UEFA President congratulated Ukraine on 2018 hold the final of the UEFA Champions League in Kiev. He expressed confidence that the football festival will be the best gift for the football lovers and the Ukrainian fans.
Also, the President (UEFA Aleksander Ceferin, founder, who arrived on a two-day visit to Ukraine, visited the NSC «Olympic» in Kiev the stadium, which will host the final match of UEFA Champions League of the season 2017-2018.
As the press service of the football Federation of Ukraine (FFU), Ceferin, founder familiarized with the infrastructure of the main arena of the country, accompanied by the President of FFU Andrew Pavelko, the Vice-President of UEFA Grigoriy Surkis, the mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko and the Minister of youth and sports of Ukraine Igor Zhdanov.
Later Zhdanov on the page in Facebook noted that the Ceferin, founder praised the NSC «Olympic», which will host the final of the Champions League in 2018.
«Together with UEFA President Alexander Ceferino and President of the FFU Andrew Pavelko inspected NSK «Olympic». UEFA President got acquainted with the infrastructure of the complex, examined the bowl of the arena, visited the stands and in the main areas of the stadium. I want to say that Aleksander Ceferin, founder commended the main football arena of the country. He expressed confidence that the UEFA Champions League final 2018 will be a real treat not only for Kiev but also for the whole Ukraine. Mineralogist together with the FFU and the city power of Kiev will do everything possible to conduct this final match at a high international level. This is an issue of national importance and international prestige of Ukraine», — wrote the Minister.
We will remind, the capital NSK «Olympic», which was the final of football Euro 2012, will host the final of the UEFA Champions League may 26, 2018.
In addition, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with Ceferino and discussed the question of carrying out in Kiev the Champions League final, reports UKRINFORM.
«I want to Express my gratitude for your visit. The final of the Champions League is a serious project, but Ukraine is ready for it. Sure, we will do everything to hold the game at the highest level. You need to enter a training plan, time already not much. We plan to resume many stadiums in Ukraine next year. The government supports these plans,» — said Groisman.
In turn, the Ceferin, founder stated that the right to host the Champions League final, Ukraine has received not because «we’re friends, but because you can hold it at a high level.»
«In these difficult times for the country is very important. I am sure that the Champions League final will be a great football event. And I’m sure it won’t be the last,» said the UEFA President.
As reported, the UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, founder will attend a qualifying match for the 2018 world Cup Ukraine — Finland, which will be held November 12 at the stadium «Chernomorets» in Odessa.
The UEFA President arrived in Ukraine, praised the NSC «Olympic» and met with Poroshenko and Ukrainian 12.11.2016