The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) released a joint statement Monday banning Russia from all competitions.
The statement reads that “FIFA and UEFA have 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.”
According to EuroNews, the decision comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urgies the exclusion of Russian athletes and officials from international events.
The decisions made room for FIFA to ban Russia prior to the upcoming World Cup and its scheduled qualifying playoff game on March 24th. Several potential opponents had already refused to play against Russia in future games.
UEFA banning Russia means that Spartak Moscow can no longer play next week in the Europa League and the Russian women’s team cannot compete in this summer’s European Championships.
The FIFA/UEFA statement added, “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.”
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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