FIFA will suspend Russia from all tournaments as the IOC calls for a ban on all players

On February 28, FIFA and UEFA jointly decided that after the attack on Ukraine, all Russian teams, including the national team, will be banned from all international tournaments.

“All Russian teams, whether Russian national teams or club teams, will be suspended from participation in both the FIFA and UEFA tournaments until further notice,” FIFA said in a statement. ..

The announcement will be made the day after the Sports Governing Body takes effect. Some restrictions on RussiaBut it did not immediately expel the country from the international tournament.

Before FIFA banned Russia, the country’s national team will no longer be able to compete under the name “Russia” and will have to play under the name of its federation “Russian Football Union (RFU)”. ..

Under additional restrictions, the national team was also banned from hosting “home” matches, and all international matches had to be played in a neutral territory without allowing Russian spectators to enter the venue. .. “Russian flags and national anthems are not used in matches involving teams from the Russian Football Union,” FIFA said.

On Monday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urged sports organizations to exclude Russian athletes and officers from international events, including the World Cup in football.

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Qatar will open its fourth FIFA World Cup 2022 venue, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, on December 18, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Qatar 2022 / Supreme Committee by Getty Images)

Immediately following the announcement of the IOC, FIFA and UEFA have expelled Russia from all tournaments ahead of the World Cup qualifying match against Poland on March 24th. Poland has already stated that it has refused to play a scheduled match against Russia. The World Cup will be held in Qatar on November 21st.

“We are not interested in participating in this appearance game. The Polish national team will not play against Russia, regardless of the name of the team,” he said. On February 27, shortly after FIFA announced some restrictions on Russia, Polish Football Association President Tsezarie Cressa said.

The IOC said the decision to further isolate Russia from international sports is necessary “to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all participants.”

Last week, F1 also canceled this season’s Grand Prix in Russia.

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Mercedes driver Barteribottas will lead the start of the Turkish F1 Grand Prix at the Intercity Istanbul Park Circuit in Istanbul, Turkey on October 10, 2021. (Francisco Seco / AP photo)

“The team has discussed the position of our sport, and, including the views of all relevant stakeholders, is the conclusion that it is not possible to hold the Russian Grand Prix in the current situation,” Formula One said. Said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Albania said on February 27 that it would not play against Russia in any sport. Russia and Albania will be held twice in the UEFA Nations League Soccer Tournament in June.

Hockey is under pressure from Finland and Switzerland to ban Russia and Belarus to compete in the World Championships in Helsinki and Tampere in May.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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