Decision affects all base and senior teams, of both suits, in addition to clubs in the country. FIFA
FIFA announced this Monday (28) that it has, together with UEFA, suspended the Russian national teams and teams from their official competitions. The decision covers country clubs as well as all base and senior selections from both suits. With this, Russia will not participate in the repechage round of the World Cup qualifiers and, consequently, the 2022 World Cup.
Russia would host Poland in the play-off semi-final on 24 March and, if they advanced, would also play at home against Sweden or the Czech Republic on 29 of the same month, in the final of group B.
On its official website, the entity released a statement in which it guarantees that “Fifa and Uefa jointly decided today that all Russian teams, whether national teams or clubs, will be suspended from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice. “.
Also according to the announcement, the decision was taken by the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe. The institutions also expressed solidarity with all those affected by the war in Ukraine and expressed the wish that the situation will improve soon.
“Football is fully united here and in total solidarity with all affected people in Ukraine. Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly, so that football can once again become a vector of unity and peace between peoples.” “, declared FIFA in an official announcement.
The measure came a day after the entity announced some sanctions on the European country involved in the war against Ukraine. These included a ban on the display of Russian flags and the national anthem, as well as the use of the name “Russia” in tournaments, with national teams adopting the name “Russian Football Union (RFU)”.
Some international federations, not satisfied with the measures, criticized FIFA’s decision. The president of the Football Federation of Poland, Cezary Kulesza, posted on his social media that this position is unacceptable, accusing it of being a ‘game of appearances’.
“FIFA‘s decision today is totally unacceptable. We are not interested in participating in this appearance game. Our stance remains intact: the Polish national team will NOT PLAY with Russia, no matter what the team name is”, Kulesza said.
Poland and Sweden had also previously said they would not play their Cup qualifier games against Russia in March, and several Poland players, including captain Robert Lewandowski, supported the decision with statements on social media.
women’s euro cup
With the punishment, the Russian women’s team will not be able to participate in the category’s Eurocup, which is scheduled to start in July, in England. There is still no confirmation on the selection that will inherit the vacancy, but there is a possibility that it will be Portugal, the team eliminated by the Russian team in the play-offs of the Qualifiers.