UEFA bans Russian football clubs from all competitions

Portugal, initially defeated by Russia in the playoffs, will replace the country at the Women’s Euro 2022 tournament scheduled for July in England, UEFA said.

Russia will not play the two matches scheduled for April for European qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

For the 2022/23 season, Russia will have no clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Women’s Champions League or UEFA Youth League.

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Additionally, UEFA said Russia’s bid to host Euro 2028 or Euro 2032 was declared ineligible.

The Russian city of St Petersburg had already been deprived of the right to host this season’s Champions League final due to a series of sanctions imposed on Russia in March shortly after the invasion of Ukraine began.

Those sanctions included an indefinite ban by FIFA, the governing body of world football, from international football and meant that Russia was expelled from the European playoffs for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Numerous sports organizations have banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from their competitions in the wake of the invasion, with the latest high-profile sanction coming from Wimbledon organizers banning tennis players from both countries from competing in this summer’s tournament.