Kiev to host 2018 Champions League final

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The Ukrainian Football Federation announces that Kiev's Olympic Stadium will host the 2018 Champions League final.

UEFA has blocked Russian and Ukrainian national and club teams being drawn together in competitions since July 2014.

Dynamo Kiev's Denys Garmash, right, celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Dynamo Kiev and Napoli at the Olympiyskiy stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

One barrier to awarding the 2018 final to Kyiv had been potential visa problems for Russian officials and guests from Champions League sponsor Gazprom.

The San Siro in Milan held last season's Champions League final in May, in which Real Madrid won the competition for a record 11th time after Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive fifth penalty against La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

In other UEFA matters, wrapped up at its Extraordinary Congress in Athens, Theodore Theodoridis was confirmed as permanent general secretary to succeed Gianni Infantino who successfully ran for the Federation Internationale de Football Association presidency in February while a special award will be handed out to the fans of Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales for their conduct at Euro 2016.