Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk will play their home UEFA Champions League group-stage matches in Poland after reaching a lease agreement with Legia Warsaw.
Shakhtar have been named in Group F alongside Spain’s defending champions Real Madrid, German outfit RB Leipzig and Scottish club Celtic.
But no matches will be played in Ukraine, which remains under attack from Russian forces, with Shakhtar set to stage their home fixtures at Legia Warsaw’s Stadion Wojska Polskiego – situated almost 1,000 miles away from Donetsk.
“Legia Stadium is first and foremost the home of our team,” said Marcin Herra, chief executive of Legia Warsaw.
“Since the outbreak of the war, our club and the Legia Foundation have been involved in helping refugees, football clubs from Ukraine, and in cooperation with Shakhtar we have jointly supported internal migrants.
“In the coming months, Legia Stadium will also be the venue for Shakhtar’s Champions League matches.”Our responsibility will be focused on the preparation of the facility and match day support.”