UEFA confirms Russia’s ban on qualifying for Euro 2024 following Ukraine invasion


Russia have been banned from Euro 2024 after UEFA confirmed the country will be left out of qualifying matches.

Following the invasion of Ukraine in February, UEFA and FIFA imposed a ban on Russian national and club teams, which was upheld in July after the Court of Arbitration rejected an appeal. The country has also been banned from bidding to host Euro 2028 or Euro 2032.

Russia have been dropped from qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar later this year and will now miss a second consecutive international tournament.

A statement from UEFA read: “All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of February 28, 2022 which was further confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 15, 2022.

“Russia is therefore not included in the draw for the 2022-24 UEFA European Football Championship qualifiers.”

UEFA have confirmed that Germany will qualify as Euros hosts in two years’ time, with the qualifying draw due to take place in Frankfurt on October 9.

Fifty-three countries will compete for the remaining 23 places in the final. The 10 group winners and runners-up will qualify, along with three other teams via a play-off competition to be played in March 2024.

These play-offs will feature the 12 best performing teams in the 2022-23 Nations League who have yet to qualify through the conventional route.

UEFA have announced that there will be seven groups of five teams and three groups of six.

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