FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia from international soccer

FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia from international soccer

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA saiad. “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.”

Russian teams have been suspended from international soccer after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The decision came Monday from FIFA and UEFA, saying Russia’s national teams and clubs were suspended “until further notice.”

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA saiad. “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.”

UEFA also ended its sponsorship with Russian energy giant Gazprom.

Poland and Sweden reiterated their refusal to play World Cup qualifying playoffs against the Russian national team, even at a neutral venue and under the Football Union of Russia banner as yesterday's "immediate first measures" dictated.

Earlier today, the International Olympic Committee recommended that athletes from Russia and Belarus should be banned from all international sports events.

Russia has already qualified for the Women's Euro 2022 in England, and was potentially two matches away from reaching the men's World Cup in Qatar.

However, its suspension from football competitions organized by the International Federation and the European governing body has now been implemented "until further notice".