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FIFA and UEFA suspend Russian teams from international football

Update : 01 Mar 2022, 13:21

FIFA and UEFA have both suspended Russian football teams from competitions until further notice.

FIFA have held discussions over the situation following Russia's invasion of Ukraine last week. A suspension means Russia will be banned from participating in World Cup 2022 qualifying. Russia are due to play Poland in the first round of the World Cup qualifying play-offs on March 24. However, Poland were one of a number of nations that announced that they would refuse to play Russia following their attack on neighbours Ukraine. 

FIFA had previously stated that it would be monitoring developments between Russia and Ukraine before considering banning them from international competition. The events of recent days appear to have forced their hand. 

Spartak Moscow have been also removed from the UEFA Europa League and are out of this seasons competition.

Meanwhile, UEFA has also terminated a sponsorship deal with the Russian energy giant Gazprom, which is majority state-owned, that was worth tens of millions of dollars a year.

The FIFA-UEFA statement said: “FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.

Many clubs across the world have shown their solidarity for Ukraine during the weekend's fixtures with many of football's top stars calling for an end to Russia's actions against Ukraine.


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