FIFA suspends Russia until further notice

With political tension in Eastern Europe boiling over, the decision has been made to ban athletes and officials from organised competitions

FIFA has taken the decision to suspend Russia from all international football until further notice. That call has been made on the back of an invasion of neighbouring Ukraine

The International Olympic Committee, which has already banned the ROC has recommended that Russian athletes be prevented from participating in any organised international competitions

After holding lengthy discussions with UEFA – European football’s governing body – FIFA announced on Monday that the Russia national team would be banned from competition with immediate effect

It had already been declared that games involving Russian and Ukrainian sides would be held at neutral venues for the foreseeable future

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While the Champions League final has been moved from Saint Petersburg to Paris, but sanctions have now gone a step further.

A number of other nations, including Sweden and France, have spoken out against the ongoing involvement of a Russian side in any global competition.

The suspension imposed by FIFA covers all of Russia’s national teams – with their women’s team supposed to take part in UEFA’s Euro 2022 event this summer which will be staged in England.