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FIFA and UEFA Officially Suspend Russia National Team Until Further Notice

The Russian national team has been suspended from all tournaments by FIFA and UEFA till further notice.

Due to the suspension, Russia will not be able to play Poland in a World Cup play-off semi-final next month, pending an implausible change of heart in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

UEFA has also ended its partnership with Gazprom, a Russian state-owned energy firm that is also a key sponsor of the Champions League. 

The sponsorship agreement dates back to 2012 and is said to be valued roughly £33.4 million (€40 million) per season. 

A joint FIFA and UEFA statement read:
“Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.

“These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both institutions on such urgent matters.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. Both Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”

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