It is a new shock to world football. After announcing the exclusion of Russia last February from the upcoming World Cup finals as well as Russian clubs for the various ongoing European Cups, the European Football Association decided to tighten its sanctions against Russia, Monday, May 2, following the latter’s invasion of Ukraine.
Therefore, Russia will not be able to participate in the European Women’s Championship scheduled to be held from July 6 to July 31, 2022. At the club level, Zenith is excluded from the Champions League and Spartak from the European League. Sanctions overview.
Russia will not participate in the UEFA Women’s European Championship 2022 this summer.
Portugal, opponents defeated by Russia in qualifying, will now enter Group C.
In addition, Russian teams will not participate in UEFA club competitions next season.
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UEFA (UEFA) May 2, 2022
Zenith banned from Champions League
“No Russian clubs will participate in the 2022/2023 UEFA Club Championship seasonThe European Football Association wrote, “whose qualifying rounds begin in July, namely the Champions League, the European League or the European League Conference.”
Russian clubs will not be able to line up in the Champions League, European League, European Conference and Youth League for the 2022/2023 season. Thus, the decision adopted on Monday deprives Zenit Saint Petersburg, crowned champion of Russia 2022, from its direct ticket to the group stage of the upcoming C1. The Spartak Moscow will not line up, As for him, in the European League next season.
No women’s euro for the Russians this summer, nor for the League of Nations
UEFA also announced the withdrawal of Russia from the 16 selection to participate in the Women’s Euro, to be replaced by Portugal, who were defeated by the Russians in blocking access to the competition. The Portuguese enter In Group C, along with defending champions Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands. There has been no change on the part of France, which joined Belgium, Italy and Iceland in Group D. In 2017, during the last edition, Russia did not pass the first round. Her best result, the quarter-finals, goes back to 1995.
It has already been rescheduled from the April matches of Group E in the 2023 women’s world qualifying race, and UEFA has also endorsed the complete expulsion of the Russians. Therefore Group E will continue with 5 teams (Denmark, Bosnia, Montenegro, Malta, Azerbaijan).
In the men’s League of Nations, Russia will not participate in the group stage starting in June and will automatically finish last in their group in the second division of Iceland, Israel and Albania, a place synonymous with demotion in League C. The procedures are also extended to include futsal competitions. Russia was scheduled to meet Ukraine in the final of the European Championship 2022 there.
There is no international exhibition for Russia
These strong measures reinforce the marginalization of Russian football, which FIFA already excluded at the end of February from the upcoming 2022 World Cup finals this fall in Qatar, and organized by the Russian men’s team, which reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, can still be to qualify. So the Russians could not take part in the play-off matches at the end of March of the country championship (November 21 – December 18). Finally, Russia became ineligible to host Euro 2028 or 2032, for which it had already applied.