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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beer Ad Ban Threatens Football Final

Russia's right to host the Champions League final next year is at risk after the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service ruled that an ad for Heineken during a match in Europe's premier football tournament was illegal, Kommersant said Wednesday.

Beer advertisements in stadiums are legally banned and the service threatened to fine Heineken should it place any again after examining a game in Moscow, the newspaper said, citing Sergei Puzyrevsky, the service's head of control over advertising law.

Heineken spokeswoman Anna Meleshina said the company "is aware of the situation, but cannot give any detailed comments now."

The service's actions create a real threat as football's governing bodies will consider the beer ban when deciding the final's venue, Kommersant quoted Anton Leontyev, the head of Telesport Marketing, as saying.