FIFA suspends Russia from international football competitions, including World Cup

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FIFA suspended Russia from international football competitions, including the World Cup, after the country invaded Ukraine.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and football’s governing body FIFA announced on Monday that Russian national teams and clubs were suspended “until further notice”, the organizations said in a statement. common.

Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with everyone affected in Ukraine,” the organizations said. “Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace between peoples.”

According to the Associated Press, UEFA has also ended its sponsorship with Gazprom, a Russian energy company.

News of the ban comes after FIFA was criticized for not going far enough in punishing the country for its invasion of Ukraine, according to The New York Times. reported.

On Sunday, FIFA did not immediately kick Russia out of the World Cup qualifiers and would allow them to play without its flag and anthem, the AP reported.

Several teams, including Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, had refused to play against Russia due to Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine, ESPN reported.

Earlier Monday, the International Olympic Committee called for athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus to be banned from international competitions.

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