FIFA and UEFA exclude Russian teams and clubs from all official tournaments

The International and European football associations have decided to exclude Russian teams and clubs from all official tournaments until further notice.

This decision comes against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the first to be affected by it will be the Russian National team that was preparing to face Poland at home in the European qualification for the World Cup Qatar 2022.

Spartak Moscow will not be able to play in the Europa League quarter-finals as they were due to play against Germany’s Leipzig.

Russia was waiting for a home game against Poland on the 24th of March, with the winner to face the other winner of the qualifying match against Sweden and the Czech Republic on the qualifying card for the World Cup in Qatar.

The Football Associations of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Sweden have declared their absolute refusal to face Russia anywhere, in response to FIFA’s first decision that Russia’s home matches should be played on neutral ground.

Many UEFA, including the English FA, joined the associations of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Sweden in refusing to face Russia under any name in any competition or tournament.

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