It was officially confirmed that the German Leipzig team qualified for the quarter-finals of the European League for the current season 2021-2022 after excluding its rival Spartak Moscow from the activities of the continental competition against the background of the decisions taken by the International Football Association “FIFA” regarding the exclusion of Russia from all the tournaments organized by the European Union as well. Because of political events and the ongoing war on the part of Russia 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, UEFA 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.
The European League qualifying teams included:
Pot 1: Lyon (France) – Monaco (France) – Spartek Moscow (Russia) – Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) – Galatasaray (Turkey) – Red Star (Serbia) – Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) – West Ham (England).
Pot Two: Barcelona (Spain) – Seville (Spain) – Real Betis (Spain) – Leipzig (Germany) – Porto (Portugal) – Atalanta (Italy) – Rangers (Scotland) – Braga (Portugal).
The results of the lottery were as follows:
Scottish Rangers x Serbian Red Star
Sporting Braga (Portugal) x Monaco (France)
Porto, Portugal x Lyon, France
Italy’s Atalanta x Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen
Seville, Spain x West Ham United, England
Barcelona, Spain x Galatasaray, Turkey
Germany’s Leipzig x Russia’s Spartak Moscow
Spain’s Real Betis x Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany