Nancy Faeser wants to see Russia and Belarus banned from playing in the tournament
Germany and its Interior Minister Nancy Faeser want to see Russia and Belarus banned from the Euro 2024 football tournament and have sent a letter to UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin about it according to local media.
Germany is set to host the competition for the first time since 1988, and three weeks before the qualifying group draw in Frankfurt, Der Spiegel said Faeser had sent a letter to the European governing body noting that Russia was already banned from international competition. competitions and demanding the same treatment for Belarus.
Faeser argued that Belarus, who have never qualified for a major tournament and played their UEFA Nations League home matches in Serbia in June without fans present, should be banned from all matches and international football tournaments because they are “the essential supporters of Russian leadership” in the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine.
Furthermore, the German politician added that UEFA should also suspend Russian and Belarusian officials from “the influential bodies of international sports federations” because football must “to live up to its responsible role and show unity in the face of this form of disregard for human rights”.
“All officials must be deprived of any opportunity for athletic participation, influence or other representation,” we also said it.
Athletic say UEFA have already received the correspondence and will respond in due course.
Faeser and Germany’s request follows a similar request by Ukrainian FA (UAF) President Andriy Pavelko, who also requested that Russia be excluded from the qualifying group draw on October 1 this week. .
Russia should be “completely isolated on the international scene, including in football” Pavelko wrote on the association’s official website, adding that the organization is “is currently making efforts at UEFA level” to prevent Russia from participating in the draw.
As the bodies followed a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) taken into account by many sports federations, UEFA and FIFA banned all Russian teams from international football competitions in February.
This saw the Russian men’s team excluded from the Qatar 2022 World Cup in November, and the women’s team withdrawn from the Euro 2022 group stage won by hosts England.
At the beginning of May, UEFA then announced that their sanctions would be extended until the 2022/23 season, but they have not yet made an official statement on the possibility of Russia taking part in the Euro qualifying matches. 2024.
In the same statement on the UAF website, Pavelko also reiterated calls for UEFA and FIFA to intervene and stop a friendly match between Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina which should take place in Saint Petersburg in November.
“We are doing everything we can to prevent the match from taking place,” Pavelko clarified.
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