Russian clubs will not take part in European competitions in 2022/23, UEFA has announced. The European body has also decided to replace Russia with Portugal for the Euro 2022 women.
“No Russian club will take part in the 2022/23 season of UEFA club competitions” whose qualifying rounds start in July, namely the Champions League, Europa League or Europa League Conference, UEFA wrote.
This strong measure reinforces the offside position of Russian football, which was already banned by FIFA at the end of February from the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar this autumn, for which the Russian men’s team, quarter-finalists of the 2018 World Cup organized in Russia, managed to qualify. As a result, the Russians could not take part in the play-offs for the Qatar tournament (November 21 to December 18) at the end of March.
The Football Union of Russia on March 30 withdrew its appeal against FIFA’s decision to ban its selection from international competitions, thereby accepting its ban from the 2022 World Cup. The Arbitration Court for Sport (CAS) had rejected a suspension a few days earlier by FIFA -Sanctions, but this did not prejudge the future verdict of the Sports Court on the merits of the litigation.
Zenit deprived of Champions League
The Russian Federation, on the other hand, maintained its case against UEFA, which had banned its clubs and selections from European competitions this season, but “no timetable for the case has been set at this time,” CAS had warned in early April. The decision taken on Monday deprives Zenit St. Petersburg, crowned champions of Russia 2022, of their direct ticket to the group stage of the next Champions League.
UEFA has also announced Russia’s withdrawal from the 16 selections taking part in the Women’s EURO, replacing it with Portugal, who were beaten by Russia in the dam of entry to the competition. Switzerland will start with a game against Portugal on June 9th.
In the men’s Nations League, Russia will not participate in the group stage starting in June and will automatically finish last in its League B group made up of Iceland, Israel and Albania, a place equivalent to relegation to League C is.
Finally, the Russian candidacy to organize the European Football Championship in 2028 and 2032 was classified by UEFA as “inadmissible”.
This article was published automatically. Sources: ats/afp