FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia from all games over Ukraine crisis

March 1, 2022

Continental bosses UEFA and global governors FIFA have made the joint decision on a temporary expulsion for Russia from all club and national fixtures.
The decision by the world and European governing bodies means the Russian national team will be unable to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar in November.
The suspension covers all of Russia’s national teams – the women’s side are due to play in UEFA’s Euro 2022 competition in England in July.
In a statement, FIFA and UEFA said: “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.”
A joint FIFA and UEFA statement on Monday evening said: “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.
Russia hosted the last World Cup in 2018 with the final held in Moscow – a match attended by President Vladimir Putin.
It comes as sporting bodies moved to bar Russian athletes from competing in international events.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended a ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials.

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