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UEFA Champions League and UEFA Womenís Champions League Trophies Handed Over to London

Fri 19th Apr 2013 | UEFA

The official trophies of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League were today handed over to the city of London, the host of this season’s UEFA Champions League final and UEFA Women’s Champions League final, at a special ceremony that took place at the Banqueting House, Whitehall.

UEFA President Michel Platini handed the UEFA Champions League trophy over to Hugh Robertson, UK minister for sport, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy was handed to Kate Hoey, MP and mayor of London’s commissioner for sport, for the city of London to keep until the finals. The 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League will be played at Stamford Bridge on 23 May and Wembley will stage the 2013 UEFA Champions League final on 25 May.

The ceremony was conducted in the presence of the 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League final ambassador Faye White, as well as representatives of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea FC and the UEFA Women’s Champions League title-holders Olympique Lyonnais.

UEFA President Michel Platini said: "The 2013 London finals and the UEFA Congress mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary.

“I would like to thank the FA for all their help in delivering what I believe will be yet another fantastic celebration of European football, in London, a city with such a strong football heritage. All players want to win this iconic silverware and I am delighted to hand it over to the city of London for safekeeping."

2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League final ambassador Faye White said: “It is an honour for me to be part of the delegation bringing these prestigious trophies to London.

“The 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League final will be the highlight of the European women’s football club calendar and I am already looking forward to being in the crowd at the game on 23 May.”

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson added: “We look forward to welcoming UEFA, the respective finalists and their fans to London next month.

“We are privileged to be hosting the UEFA Champions League final for the second time in three years and it is fitting that it will take place at Wembley, in the 150th anniversary year of the Football Association.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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