Russian football clubs and national teams have been suspended from all competitions following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
FIFA and UEFA have released a joint statement as the footballing world continues to react to Russia’s military action against neighboring Ukraine.
A number of national football associations had already announced that their teams would refuse to play Russia, including the English FA.
Importantly, Russia’s 2022 World Cup opponents, Poland, have said they won’t take part in any matches against Russia.
The statement from FIFA and UEFA reads: “FIFA/UEFA suspends Russian clubs and national teams from all competitions.
“Following the first decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which provided for the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have decided today together that all Russian teams, whether they are national representative teams or club teams, will be suspended from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.
“These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of the two institutions on such urgent matters.
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with everyone affected in Ukraine. The two presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vector of unity and peace between peoples.
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The footballing world has been steadfast in its support for under-attacked Ukraine, with Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko reduced to tears by an emotional display ahead of his side’s 1-0 win over Everton at the weekend.
Russia, who hosted the 2018 World Cup, were due to face Poland on March 29 to contest a place in the 2022 edition.
The Polish FA have since issued a statement saying: “Due to the escalation of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the Polish national team does not intend to play the play-off match against Russia.”
The winner of the encounter was scheduled to face Sweden’s winner against the Czech Republic, but these two teams have also declared that they will not face Russia.
The national side aren’t the only team affected by the decision, with Spartak Moscow now unable to play their last-16 Europa League fixture against RB Leipzig.