UEFA marginalizes Russia further after the invasion of Ukraine

More tournaments without play, affected teams and a systematic disappearance on the European continent as a result of the European Union’s decision on Russia.

The marginalization of Russian football from the international arena has taken a new turn: the UEFA He was strong on Monday by excluding Russian clubs from their European competitions next season, including Champions Leaguepunish Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.

It was already ruled out at the end of February World Cup 2022 Russia has suspended all international competition “until further notice”, thus seeing that the package of sanctions imposed on it has been expanded. In an expanded statement, UEFA outlined a list of actions taken by its Executive Committee against Russia, excluding all of its competitions, from men’s, women’s and youth club tournaments to national football team matches.

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“Russia will not have affiliated clubs participating in the UEFA club competitions in the 2022/23 season,” the previous rounds of which will start next July, including: UEFA Champions League, Europa League or Women’s Champions LeagueUEFA Books.

The decision that was adopted this Monday forbids Zenith Saint PetersburgThe champion of Russia in 2022, announced from his direct ticket to the group stage of the upcoming European Champions League.

FIFA had already excluded Russia at the end of February from the 2022 World Cup that will be held in Qatar in November and December. The Russian men’s team, which reached the quarter-finals at the 2018 World Cup finals organized in Russia, had qualification options.

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Juventus’ Alvaro Morata (right) scores the 4-1 goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match Juventus vs Zenit St Petersburg at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, November 2, 2021. Photo: AFP

In any case, pending the decisions of the sports judiciary, Russian teams and clubs of various categories are deprived of opponents and opportunities to shine. UEFA also indicated that Russia will not be among the 16 teams participating in the Women’s European Cup, as they will be replaced Portugal, Which the Russians defeated in the qualifying rounds. lusas goes to group C with Switzerland, Holland and Sweden.

In the Men’s Nations League, Russia will not participate in the group stage which starts in June, and will automatically finish behind their group in League B, made up of Iceland, Israel and Albania, which implies Relegation to League C. In the same way, the Russian U-21 team sees the possibility of participating in the 2023 European Championship evaporating.

Saint Petersburg has emerged as a candidate to host the next two European Championships, but the UEFA decision condemns this.

And finally, the Russian candidacy to organize the European Football Championship in 2028 and 2032, deemed ‘disqualified’ by UEFA, It made this decision under Article of its Regulations which states that each bidder “shall ensure that it does not act in a manner which could damage the reputation of UEFA”. Thus, the options remaining in the race for two championships are gaining weight; Alliance of Turkey, UK, Ireland and Italy. The decision will be known in September 2023.

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