Russia has been expelled from the 2022 World Cup and its teams suspended from all international football competitions “until further notice “after President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, FIFA announced in a joint statement with UEFA on Monday.
The men’s team had been due to play in qualifying playoffs in March for the world cup in Qatar later this year, while its women’s side had qualified for the European Championship in England to be held in July.
The announcement also affects Russian clubs involved in European competitions.
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 competition until further notice, ”Football global and European governing bodies said.
Russia was due to play Poland in a world cup qualifying playoff semifinal on March 24 and could have gone on to face Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 for a place at the finals, FIFA announced on Sunday that the Russian team would be allowed to continue playing under the name of the football union of Russia, playing home games on neutral territory and behind closed doors and with the Russian flag and anthem banned.
But those measures were dismissed as “totally unacceptable “ by Polish President Cezary Kulesza, who added that Poland would not play their world cup playoffs with Russia “ no matter what the name of the team is”
FIFA changed its approach on Monday kicking Russia out of the sports showpiece tournament. “Football is fully United here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine” the statement added Both President [Gianni Infantino and Aleksander Ceferin ] 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.
Russia were due to play the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland in their group at the women’s Euro.
Spartan Moscow had been due to face RB Leipzig of Germany in the Europer league last next month.