World football governing body, FIFA, has suspended Russian national teams and football clubs from all FIFA and UEFA competitions after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
FIFA and UEFA’s decision to suspend the Russian entity became imperative after Russia, supported by Belarus, launched a military invasion of neighbouring Ukraine last Thursday.
FIFA in a statement on Monday said that football is fully united and the body is in full solidarity with everyone affected in the Ukraine invasion.
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” Fifa and Uefa said in a joint statement.”
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.”
The suspension simply implies that the Russian men’s team will not play their World Cup play-off matches next month and the women’s team have been banned from this summer’s Euro 2022 competition.
Spartak Moscow have also been kicked out of the Europa League and their last-16 opponents RB Leipzig will advance to the quarter-finals.
The world and European football governing bodies said they would be banned “until further notice”.
Meanwhile, UEFA has also ended its sponsorship with Russian energy giant Gazprom.