Andriy Pavelko: “Before our eyes the history of success of Ukraine was created”
During meetings with representatives of the Ukrainian media FFU President Andriy Pavelko summed up the results of the Champions League final matches in the Ukrainian capital.
- The wonderful holding of the Women's Champions League Final in Kyiv on May 24 and the UEFA Champions League Final on May 26 may have left some vivid impressions for our country's guests, said the FFU President. - Before our eyes, the success story of Ukraine, the city of Kiev, the stadium of NSC "Olympic", which by the results of the finals received the UEFA elite status, was going on. I think this is a great achievement for our country and for the wonderful stadium we are proud of. Much has been done to meet these requirements.
"All the tasks set by UEFA have been completed"
Of course, during the year there were a lot of questions about the organization, we received a very large contract from UEFA. The only organization for the UEFA that considered the finals was the Ukrainian Football Federation, which took full responsibility. At the initial stage, and in the future, it was not easy to do so (though, perhaps, it was left behind the scenes) so that everything was done at the highest level. I am grateful to UEFA President Alexander Cheferin for appreciating the work of the FFU and all its services. Today, from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada, I expressed my gratitude to the organizing committee headed by the Head of Administration of the President of Ukraine, Igor Rainin, and the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, who made very timely decisions that were needed, according to our applications, to the Parliament of Ukraine, which approved a number of draft laws the fulfillment of our guarantees before UEFA and, of course, the Government, which has fulfilled all the tasks set by the European Football Union. Low bow also to the team of Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, who showed high professionalism and gave us the opportunity to be proud of the city.
"There are grounds to apply for the Europa League final and the UEFA Super Cup match"
As a result, we now see the possibility of applying from Ukraine for the Europa League final and the UEFA Super Cup match. On the initiative of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, an appropriate organizing committee has already been established. We will definitely apply for these matches, and it will be not only Kiev - we will also consider cities such as Kharkiv, Lviv, Odessa, Dnipro. I am sure that each of these cities deserves to receive the guests of these European football forums. These will be applications for years starting in 2020, as the cities of the preliminary finals have already been determined.
I am convinced that the result demonstrated here in Kyiv and the coordinated work of law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of our guests give us the right to be proud. The difference in the level of reception of the guests, the level of ensuring their safety between the Kiev final and the decisive duel of the Europa League in French Lyon was significant. We have worked to this end at such a high level that we have set a good example for the upcoming finals in Madrid and Istanbul.
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