Russia’s national and club soccer teams has been suspended with no defined end by international play by the sport’s overseeing bodies. This decision is as consequence of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The ban implies that Russia’s national team will be impeded from playing in the forthcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Russia had been set to contend soon for one of the slots dispensed to European countries in that quadrennial competition, which will be held in Qatar.
The suspension from international play was forced mutually on Russia’s national team and in club teams by FIFA, the overall administering body for soccer, and UEFA, which supervises European soccer.
Before Monday February 28’s declaration, FIFA had confronted massive criticisms on Sunday for their decision to permit Russia to keep on competing for a World Cup slot. Russia had been set to play Poland one month from now in a play-off.
In a joint statement on Monday February 28, the groups (FIFA and UEFA) said,
“Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which decisions 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.”
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” the groups said. “Both Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”