Russia Rusticated From World Cups

Russia Rusticated From World Cups

Russia Rusticated From World Cups

Russia has been excluded from the 2022 World Cup and its teams barred from all international football tournaments “until further notice” following its invasion of Ukraine, FIFA said in a joint statement with UEFA on Monday.

The men’s squad had been slated to play in qualifying play-offs 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 contested in July.

The announcement also affects Russian clubs engaged in European events.

“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,” football’s global and European governing bodies said.

Russia were scheduled to play Poland in a World Cup qualifying play-off semi-final on March 24, and had the opportunity to go to the finals against either Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 if they had won.

However, their three probable opponents have said that they would not participate in the matches.

According to FIFA’s announcement on Sunday, Russian teams will be permitted to continue competing under the moniker Football Union of Russia, with home games taking place on neutral territory and behind closed doors, and with the Russian flag and national song being prohibited from being used.

Cezary Kulesza, the head of the Polish Football Association, slammed the measures as “completely unacceptable.” He went on to say that Poland would not participate in their World Cup play-off against Russia “no matter what the name of the squad is.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin was kicked out of the World Cup on Monday after FIFA revised its policy.

According to the statement, “football is entirely unified here and in complete sympathy with all those who have been impacted in Ukraine.”

“Both presidents (Gianni Infantino and Aleksander Ceferin) are hopeful that the situation in Ukraine will improve dramatically and quickly, allowing football to once again serve as a vehicle for solidarity and peace among people,” the statement said.

Russian women were scheduled to face the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland in their group at the European Championships for women.

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