FIFA and UEFA ban all Russian clubs and national teams

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Football’s world governing body FIFA and Europe’s governing body UEFA have suspended Russian clubs and national teams from all competitions.

The huge comes after the International Olympic Committee recommended that Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials are banned from any organized international competitions.

FIFA and UEFA released a joint statement:

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”

The Russian men’s team now will not play their World Cup play-off matches next month and the women’s team have been banned from this summer’s European Championship.

Spartak Moscow were also kicked out of the Europa League, while UEFA has ended its sponsorship with Russian energy company Gazprom.


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