Football-FIFA set to suspend Russia from internationals – source

Long exposure shows the logo of FIFA near its headquarters in Zurich
An extended view shows the FIFA logo near its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland February 27, 2022. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann

February 28, 2022

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – FIFA is expected to suspend Russia’s national teams from international tournaments until further notice due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine, a source familiar with the discussions said. commentator told Reuters on Monday.

FIFA is in advance talks with European football’s body UEFA on the matter and a decision could be made later on Monday.

European governing body UEFA will hold a meeting at 1800 CET on Monday to decide on a number of issues related to Russian football.

Russia is scheduled to take on Poland in the World Cup qualifying playoffs on March 24, and if they are still suspended at that point, they will be eliminated from the World Cup.

The Polish FA have said that they will refuse to play against the Russian team.

The suspension will apply to all Russia national teams – the women’s team that will compete at UEFA’s Euro 2022 tournament in the UK in July.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that it says is aimed not at occupying territory but aimed at destroying its southern neighbor’s military capabilities and capturing what it considers to be threats. dangerous nationalist.

(Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by John Stonestreet) Football-FIFA set to suspend Russia from internationals – source


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