UEFA bans Russian football team and clubs from European competitions
Russia’s national football team and the country’s clubs have been banned from participating in the Champions League and all other European competitions in the 2022-23 seasons following its invasion of Ukraine, Russia announced on Monday. UEFA.
It is the latest round of sanctions during Russia’s war on Ukraine after FIFA and UEFA previously suspended Russian national and club teams in February.
The Swiss-based governing body also said that Russia’s bid to host the Euro 2028 or Euro 2032 tournaments has also been declared ineligible, while no Russian clubs will be allowed to participate in European competitions next season.
Stating that Portugal will take the place of Russia in the Women’s Euro 2022 hosted by England in July, UEFA said the decision to exclude Russia as hosts followed its regulations that each candidate not should “not act in a manner which could bring the UEFA, UEFA final or UEFA final stage, any other bidder discredits the bidding process or European football.”
According to UEFA’s updated entry list, Russian league winner Zenit Saint Petersburg’s place in the upcoming Champions League group stage will go to the Scottish champions.
UEFA said its executive committee had made the final decisions to “ensure it runs smoothly in a safe and secure environment for everyone involved”.
UEFA and world football governing body FIFA had previously suspended Russian national teams and clubs from international football until further notice due to the war in Ukraine.