To: 05/02/2022 18:43
The UEFA Executive Committee has invalidated Russia’s bids for Euro 2028 or 2032 and banned Russian teams from several competitions.
This was announced by UEFA on Monday, May 2, 2022. Russian teams will not participate in the Champions League, Europa League or Conference League in the 2022/23 season. Russia was also excluded from the 2022 European Women’s Championship. The bid to host the 2028 or 2032 European Men’s Championship was declared invalid.
Russia bid puts UEFA under pressure
On February 28, UEFA and FIFA suspended Russian teams due to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine – but not the association, which made the EM bid possible in principle. Subject to an appeal from the Russian side, the remaining demands are as follows:
- 2028: An Anglo-Irish candidacy (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland) and Turkey
- 2032: Italy and Turkey
With this bid, Russia put UEFA in an awkward position where it became clear that they had only punished the teams and not the association. UEFA justifies the rejection of the application by its implementing regulations. It states: “Each candidate must ensure that they do not act in a way which could bring discredit to UEFA (…), the bidding process or European football.” Additionally, the host must be guaranteed the right to start, which is currently not possible due to the suspension of Russian teams.
In its communication, UEFA did not mention Belarus. Dictator Alexander Lukashenko provides military support to Russia in its attack on Ukraine.
Exclusion from club competitions like the Champions League
All men’s and women’s club competitions will be held without Russian teams. This concerns:
- Men’s Champions League
- Women’s Champions League
- Men’s Europa League
- Men’s Europa Conference League
2022 European Women’s Championship: Portugal is gaining momentum
Russia have qualified for the 2022 European Women’s Championship in England. Portugal are now going up there – this is the team against which Russia won in the qualifying playoffs and thus secured their participation in the European Championship.
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Women’s World Cup: Russia can’t qualify
Russia’s women’s team missed their first 2023 World Cup qualifiers in Australia and New Zealand and will also miss subsequent ones. The group of six will therefore be played until the end with five teams, UEFA said. The road to the World Cup is therefore closed for the time being.
No participation in youth tournaments
Russia also did not play any qualifying matches for the U21 European Championship in 2023 and will not be allowed to play the other matches originally scheduled – the European Championship will be held in Romania and Georgia in 2023. The Championships Men’s and Women’s U17 and U19 European Championships will also take place without Russian teams.
Champions League finals private, but Dyukov still exco
Alexander Dyukov, director of Gazprom Neft and member of the UEFA executive board
Image: Yegor Aleyev via www.imago-images.de
At the start of the war, UEFA withdrew the Champions League final from Saint Petersburg and reassigned it to Saint-Denis near Paris. Additionally, UEFA terminated a sponsorship relationship with Gazprom. Gazprom director Alexander Dyukov, who is also the president of the Russian association, remains on the executive committee.