Russia faces the reality of imposing sports sanctions that have resulted in the suspension of all UEFA and FIFA competitions, including the World Cup playoffs.
Ussia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted European and world governing bodies to impose temporary expulsions from all club and national team competitions.
And both UEFA and FIFA warn Russia will not be able to return until “football can become a mediator of unity and peace among people once more”.
A joint statement from the governing bodies stepped up the sporting isolation of Russia in the wake of their ongoing fight.
“Following initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, where additional measures are expected, FIFA and UEFA have today jointly decided that all Russian teams , whether representing a national team or a club team, will be suspended from participating in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” reads the statement.
“These decisions were adopted today by the FIFA Council Office and the UEFA Executive Committee, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both organizations on such pressing matters.
“Football here is in complete solidarity and in complete solidarity with all those affected in Ukraine. Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football is a can again become a mediator of unity and peace among people.”
Spartak Moscow’s exit from the Europa League will help RB Leipzig go straight to the quarter-finals of the European second-tier tournament.
European football bosses UEFA also confirmed the cessation of a sponsorship deal with Russian energy company Gazprom, worth around £34m/season.
“Today UEFA has decided to end its partnership with Gazprom across all competitions,” read a UEFA statement.
“The decision is effective immediately and covers all existing agreements including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA national team competitions and UEFA EURO 2024.”
The suspension will stop Russia’s World Cup play-off semi-final at the end of March.
FIFA has faced criticism over its initial decision on Sunday night to allow Russia to continue playing in the men’s World Cup playoffs, but on neutral territory and under the banner of the Football Association. Russia.
Player unions and national associations have joined the queue to condemn Russia and call for sanctions on the sport, with the FA Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England all saying they will refuse to face face-to-face. against Russia in any match.
The International Olympic Committee urges sports federations to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes, officials and teams from international competitions where possible.
The British Olympic Association also issued a statement calling for Russia and Belarus to be excluded from all top sports competitions.
An International Paralympic Committee meeting to discuss the invasion will take place on Wednesday before the Beijing Winter Olympics begin on Friday.
And a statement from the British Paralympic Association said: “The British Paralympic Association cooperates with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in condemning the actions of the Russian government in Ukraine and its thoughts and prayers. we are with our Ukrainian counterparts at the moment.
“Participation in the Paralympic Games is a matter for the IPC and the IPC Governing Council will meet on Wednesday, March 2 to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We recognize that the IPC is bound by Their constitution is a non-political body and we support them in providing a peaceful Olympics for the benefit of all athletes.
“Given the severity of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, we cannot see whether Russia or Belarus’ participation in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will align with the goals of the movement.” Paralympic or not. The safety and welfare of our athletes and teams is at the forefront of our concerns. We await the IPC’s decision on Wednesday before commenting further.”
Formula One’s governing body will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the future of Russian driver Nikita Mazepin.
Ukrainian Automobile Federation President Leonid Kostyuchenk has asked the FIA to ban all Russian and Belarusian drivers from competing outside their countries.
World Rugby denounced Russia’s “aggressive aggression”, adding that its actions were facilitated by Belarus and as a result, the governing body decided to suspend both countries “from all international rugby activities and cross-border rugby clubs until further notice” with full and immediate effect.
The Russian Rugby Federation has also suspended its World Rugby membership.
Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina has put pressure on tennis governing bodies to disqualify Russian and Belarusian athletes from the competition.
And the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has suspended all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs from all competitions until further notice.
As a result, Russia lost the right to host the 2023 IIHF World Youth Championship.
The International Skating Union (ISU) said on Tuesday that competitors from Russia and Belarus would not be allowed to participate in its international events until further notice.
“The ISU Council will continue to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine and its impact on ISU operations and will take additional steps if and when required,” the international governing body for slippage said. figure skating, speed skating and short track said in a statement.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) also said it had stripped Russia of the men’s volleyball world championships scheduled for August and September.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/ukraine-crisis-russia-facing-up-to-realities-of-sanctions-from-world-sporting-organisations-41397199.html Ukraine crisis: Russia faces the reality of sanctions from world sports organizations