Russia may not compete in UEFA competitions or run for the European Championships


Updates: 02.05.2022 20:47

Nyon (Switzerland) – Russian football teams are not allowed to compete in next year’s UEFA competitions due to their country’s invasion of Ukraine. At the European Women’s Championships in England in July, the Portuguese who lost to them in the playoffs will present themselves instead of the Russian national team. The decision was made today by the executive committee of the European Football Union, which excluded Russian teams from international competitions as well as FIFA with immediate effect at the end of February after the invasion of Russian troops on Ukraine.

This means that Russian clubs will be missing next season in the European Cups. The new league champion Zenit St. Petersburg must take its place in one of the basic groups of the Champions League, according to the AP agency, the winner of the Scottish highest competition.

The European League and the Conference League will be without Russian teams. The winner of the Czech MOL Cup will intervene in it after the adjustment of the deployment in the third preliminary round. The second preliminary round of the Champions League awaits the Czech league champion and the other two teams from the highest competition will present themselves in the second preliminary round of the Conference League.

The men’s national team will lose their participation in the League of Nations, where they were to play in Group B2 with Iceland, Israel and Albania. She will take the last fourth place and will descend as the worst of the 16 level B participants.

Russian footballers will not be able to advance to the World Cup next year. They have already missed two April matches due to the suspension and Group E will continue without them with only five teams. The Russian national team has already lost the chance to win the start at this year’s World Championships in Qatar in the playoffs.

UEFA has also decided that Russia cannot bid to host the European Football Championship in 2028 or 2032, as planned. She referred to one article in the rules for selecting the organizers of her events. “Each bidder must ensure that he does not act in a way that could damage the reputation of UEFA, the competition or another bidder,” the union said. In addition, she pointed out that the tournament host is automatically guaranteed participation, while the current situation in Russia and its possible return to competitions are highly uncertain.

The Russians surprised by announcing that they intended to run for the Euro about a month after the invasion began. England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Ireland are working together for ME 2028. Their opponent is Turkey.

“The Russian Football Association strongly disagrees with the decisions of the UEFA Executive Committee. We will continue to protect our own interests in cases already pending before the Lausanne Sports Arbitration Court, and we reserve the right to make further requests,” the Russian football management said in a statement. So far, the Russians have failed at CAS.


Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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