Russia excluded from Women’s Euro as UEFA deemed ineligible for 2028 and 2032 Euro bids | football news
Russia was excluded from this summer’s Euro Women’s Championship while UEFA deemed it ineligible to host the men’s Euro Championship in 2028 and 2032.
European football’s governing body has also ruled that Russian teams will not be allowed to play in UEFA club competitions next season.
As a result, this season’s Scottish Premier League champions will move directly to the group stage of next season’s Champions League at the expense of Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg. The Scottish Premiership runners-up will now go to the third qualifying round, not the second. Celtic leads Rangers with six points, with three games remaining at the end of the season.
UEFA rule also means UK and Ireland joint bid to host Euro 2028 It is now rivaled only by Turkey, which has also announced its interest in hosting Euro 2032.
Portugal will replace Russia in the European Women’s Championship in England this summer, having lost to them in qualifying.
UEFA has announced a series of decisions related to Russia, which have been suspended since February after the country invaded Ukraine.
Monday’s announcement also said the Russian men’s team would not take part in the Nations League which begins in June, and would automatically face relegation from the second division.
No Russian teams will be eligible to play in the European competition next season, with the exception of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, European Conference League, UEFA Women’s Champions League and UEFA Youth League.
Russia will also be banned from playing any other qualifying matches for either the Women’s World Cup in 2023 or the European Under-21 Championship 2023, with the results of which have so far been declared null and void.
Bids to host either Euro 2028 or 2032 were rejected, with UEFA’s Executive Committee citing Article 16.02 of the Regulations which states that “each bidder must ensure that it does not act in a manner that could make UEFA, the UEFA Final or UEFA the final stage, i.e. a bidder.” another (or any employee, official or representative of any of the foregoing), the bidding procedure or the infamous European football.”
The Euro 2028 and Euro 2032 competitions will be awarded to the host countries in September 2023.
Russia has successfully hosted the 2018 World Cup, but has been alienated from the international sporting community since its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, with UEFA already in place. St Petersburg stripped of rights to host this season’s men’s Champions League final in February.
Russia were due to face Poland in the World Cup qualifiers in March, but were banned from playing after being suspended, with Poland instead advancing to the final where they beat Sweden 2-0.
Spartak Moscow, the last Russian club left in the European competition this season, has been kicked out of the Europa League and UEFA has terminated its sponsorship deal with Russian energy company Gazprom.
Russia has launched an appeal against its previous suspension which is set to be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, although no date has yet been set.
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