FIFA, UEFA And Russia Photo Illustrations Last week, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced the removal of the upcoming Champions League final from St. Petersburg, Russia, choosing Paris as the replacement option.
On Monday, UEFA, along with soccer’s governing body, FIFA, took it a step further, announcing the suspension of Russian national teams and clubs from all competitions.
“Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” UEFA and FIFA said in a statement.
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” the statement continued . “Both Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”
Also on Monday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that “International Sports Federations and sports event organisers not invite or allow the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in international competitions.”
The IOC also withdrew the Olympic Order — given to individuals who have “rendered outstanding services to the Olympic cause through their contribution to the development of sport” — from Vladimir Putin. The Russian President was awarded the Olympic Order in 2001.
The sports world has taken a hard stance following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, removing multiple future sports events from Russia.
On Friday, Formula One announced it has canceled the Russian Grand Prix scheduled for September.“We are watching the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the present situation,” F1 said in a statement. “On Thursday […]
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