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FIFA Russia: Russian teams suspended from international football competition because of Ukraine war

GENEVA – Russian teams were suspended on Monday from all international football, including qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup, as Moscow was pushed to pariah status in sports because of the invasion. Ukraine strategy.

World football body FIFA and European body UEFA have banned Russia’s national and club teams from participating in their competitions “until further notice.” Russia’s men’s national team has been scheduled to compete in the World Cup knockout stages in just three weeks.

“Football is in full solidarity here and in full solidarity with all those affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA said in a joint statement.

High-profile sporting and political sanctions – something not seen in decades – came after the International Olympic Committee pushed dozens of sports governing bodies to exclude athletes and officials. Russia from international events.

The IOC said the action was necessary to “protect the integrity of global sporting competitions and for the safety of all participants.”

Denying Russia a place on the international stage could deal a huge financial and psychological blow to the country, along with tarnishing its image as an elite sports power.

FIFA’s move knocked Russia out of the World Cup before the knockout stage on March 24. Poland refused to play a scheduled match against Russia.

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UEFA also knocked the last remaining Russians in this season’s European club competitions, Spartak Moscow, out of the Europa League second tier. Spartak’s expected opponent on March 10 and 17, Germany’s Leipzig, will go directly to the quarter-finals, UEFA said.

Russia is currently facing the isolation that Yugoslav teams suffered in 1992 after war broke out in the Balkans and South African teams and athletes during a period of apartheid and apartheid. .

South Africa was suspended by FIFA in 1964 and expelled in 1976 for apartheid, then reinstated in 1992. Yugoslavia were briefly eliminated from the 1992 European Championships, one day. after the United Nations passed sanctions against the war-torn country. It was banned from the 1994 World Cup qualifiers, before emerging as separate nations.

FIFA and UEFA decisions can often be challenged on appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

“We reserve the right to object to decisions made by FIFA and UEFA in accordance with international sports law,” the Russian Football Federation said in a statement.

It remains unclear how the IOC’s request to sports bodies will affect Russian hockey players in the NHL and tennis players, including top-ranked Daniil Medvedev, at Grand Slams, ATP and WTA tournaments outside the jurisdiction of the International Tennis Federation.

The IOC also goes after President Vladimir Putin, who turned the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics into a personal project. The IOC said in a statement that Putin’s Gold Olympic Medal, awarded in 2001, has been revoked.

The Olympic body’s appeal also applies to athletes and officials from Belarus, which abetted Russia’s invasion by allowing its territory to be used to station troops and conduct events. military attack.

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The IOC said it acted “with a heavy heart”, but noted that the impact of the war on Ukrainian sport and that athletes currently unable to participate in competitions outweigh the possible damage. for athletes from Russia and Belarus.

It is not an outright ban by the IOC, nor a specific suspension of the national Olympic committees of Russia and Belarus.

The IOC said that if “short-term exclusion cannot be ruled out for organizational or legal reasons”, then teams from Russia and Belarus should compete as neutral athletes, without national flags, anthems or symbols, including at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, the IOC said.

Russian Olympic Committee leader Stanislav Pozdnyakov said in a statement “there is only one comment to make – we completely disagree”, adding it would help national federations challenge “judges”. discriminatory decision”.

Sports bodies across Europe turned against Russia on Monday by refusing to host or compete with their teams.

Finland wants Russia’s hockey team banned from the men’s world championships it will host in May, the Swiss football federation says its women’s team will not play against Russia in July at The European Championship and German football club Schalke said they have decided to end their long-term activities. cooperation with Gazprom.

At the World Cup, Russia’s potential future rivals Sweden and the Czech Republic joined Poland in saying they would refuse to play. The World Cup is scheduled to start on November 21 in Qatar.

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FIFA tried to compromise on Sunday by offering Russia to play in neutral venues without its flag and anthem and under the name “Russian Football Federation”.

That is in line with sanctions imposed by CAS in December 2020 to punish Russia for state-backed doping and fraudulent cover-ups, and was imposed at last year’s Tokyo Olympics and the Olympic Games. Winter this year in Beijing.

Polish football federation president Cezary Kulesza on Sunday said FIFA’s failure to immediately expel Russia from World Cup qualifying was “completely unacceptable” and said Poland “doesn’t want to participate”. this appearance match.”

Another future opponent, Albania, also said on Sunday that it would not play against Russia in any sport. Russia and Albania are scheduled to meet twice in June in the framework of the UEFA Nations League football tournament.

In hockey, the sport’s governing body has come under pressure from Finland and Switzerland to ban Russia and Belarus, both of which compete at the world championships in May in Helsinki and Tampere .

The President of the Finnish Hockey Association, Harri Nummela said in a statement on Monday that it was in talks with the Zurich-based IIHF to exclude the two nations from the international sport. ___

Writer Rob Harris of AP Global Soccer in London contributed.

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