FIFA and UEFA ban Russia


FIFA and UEFA have jointly suspended Russia from all footballing activities with immediate effect.

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the world has been outraged by these events as strict sanctions continue to be imposed on the former.

Various football federations, including Poland's and England's, among others, have been calling for action against Vladimir Putin's nation in a footballing sense, and those calls have now been heard by the world and European football governing bodies.

A joint FIFA and UEFA statement read: "Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, 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.

"These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both institutions on such urgent matters.

"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."

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Spartak Moscow have since been kicked out of this season's UEFA Europa League, with their initial opponents for the round of 16, RB Leipzig, automatically going through to the quarter-finals.

Russia were also set to face Poland in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in March, but if they remain suspended at the time, they face the risk of being eliminated and therefore taking no part at the tournament in Qatar later this year.

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