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Ukraine Invasion: Russia banned from participating in World Cup, Euro 2024

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Samuel Agbelusi 

 

Russia has been banned from participating in the Euro 2024 qualifying and the World Cup following its military invasion of Ukraine.

 

The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, have announced that Russia will be barred from competing in Euro 2024 qualification. Recall that earlier in the year, all Russian teams were suspended from football due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

 

But in July, the Russian football federation appealed their suspension, only for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold the decision. 

 

The entire world of Football has also universally condemned the invasion of Ukraine. In solidarity , Poland star Robert Lewandowski is set to wear a Ukrainian captain’s armband at the World Cup this winter.

 

Russia men’s team were also banned from competing in the 2022 World Cup, forgoing their qualification playoff place. The women’s side were similarly barred from Euro 2022, being replaced by Portugal in the competition proper.

 

“All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of 28 February 2022 which has further been confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 15 July 2022,” a UEFA statement read.

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