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Kyiv To Host 2018 Champions League Soccer Final

The 2018 Champions League soccer final will be held in Kyiv, Europe's soccer governing body has announced, despite concerns over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

"Ukraine will host the UEFA Champions League final on May 26, 2018," said UEFA's executive committee in a statement on September 15.

Ukraine, which was co-host of the 2012 Euros with Poland, submitted its official bid to stage the final at Kyiv's 70,000-seat Olympic Stadium earlier this year.

The final will be held only a few weeks before Russia stages the World Cup.

There are concerns over security, with Ukrainian government forces locked in a deadly conflict with pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Another worry is Ukraine's track record on racism, with UEFA having fined and imposed a three-match stadium ban on Dynamo Kyiv after racist behavior by their fans.

Estonia's capital, Tallinn, will host the UEFA Super Cup final on August 18, 2018.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa