The International Football Association “FIFA”, on Monday evening, officially announced the suspension of the participation of the Russian national team and Russian clubs from the FIFA competition, as well as the European Union for the game “UEFA”, against the background of the Russian wars against Ukraine.
FIFA issued an official statement saying, “Following the preliminary decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which provided for additional measures, FIFA and UEFA today jointly decided that all Russian teams, whether national teams or clubs, will be suspended from participating in the tournament. Both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.
The statement added that these decisions were agreed upon by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, explaining, “Football is united and fully in solidarity with all affected in Ukraine. We hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football will once again become a driving force.” For unity and peace among people.
Consequently, following these decisions, the Russian national team will be excluded from participating in the deciding phase of the 2022 World Cup.
The International Football Association “FIFA” had decided earlier to impose isolation on Russia and its representatives in international competitions due to the war on Ukraine, and to prevent its teams from playing on its soil in various competitions, most notably the World Cup qualifiers for the first team.
FIFA issued an official statement (Sunday) in which it decided not to hold any international competition on the territory of Russia due to the war on Ukraine, provided that its matches will be held on neutral ground and without an audience.
In its statement, FIFA confirmed that Russia or any team it represents will not participate in any international competition under the name of the country, but will participate under the name of the “Football Federation of Russia”, with the prohibition of playing the national anthem of Russia in matches.