FIFA have banned Russia from the upcoming FIFA Qatar World Cup. Meanwhile, UEFA has also announced the exemption of Russian clubs from the UEFA competitions.
Russia have faced a lot of backlash for their attempt to gain control of Ukraine and rightly so. The political tension has seen the entire footballing world unite against Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin. Poland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic have also announced that they will not play their potential qualifier matches against Russia.
A lot of Russians have suffered the dire consequences of their leader Vladimir Putin’s moves. UEFA’s longtime sponsors and partners GAZPROM have also been dropped as UEFA’S Champions League’s sponsor.
Meanwhile, Roman Abramovich, the successful and longtime owner of Chelsea has reportedly put Chelsea up for sale. The Russian is apparently a close friend of Putin and has faced a lot of backlash from the audiences.
UEFA and FIFA have iterated that they will stick to these stern actions against Russia until further notice.
A joint statement read: “Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.”
There has been no news of a retreat from Russia’s side as the war continues due to political reasons. A truce isn’t expected anytime soon. Meanwhile, the world stands in solidarity for Ukraine which has been a victim of war.
Given the strict actions taken by footballing bodies, the worldwide sport can become a medium of reaching a peace agreement. These actions justify the name of “the Beautiful Sport” given to Football.
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