Russia was kicked out of all European competitions, the League of Nations, and rejected its Euro application.

Russian teams will not be able to participate in the European Cup tournaments. Scotland benefited the most from the exclusion of our teams – now the champions of this country, St. Petersburg, which won the Russian Premier League (RPL) on the last day of April. Petersburg will directly enter the Champions League group stage, replacing “Zenith”. .

The Russian men’s team will not be able to play in the League of Nations, where they will face Iceland, Albania and Israel. Also, the Russian team will be relegated from Division B in the League of Nations to the weaker Division C, where, for example, Georgia and Cyprus play.

The Russian women’s team will not go to Euro 2022 and will be replaced by Portugal. In addition, our women will not be able to play in the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.

The Russian youth team has been suspended from playing in Euro 2023, but in the selection our team fought strong Spain for a ticket to the tournament.

UEFA rejected Russia’s offer to host the 2028 or 2032 European Championship.

UEFA’s decision may seem unexpected, because the other day the head of the organization, Aleksander Čeferin, made statements against the sanctions imposed on athletes from Russia.

“Russian athletes feel restrictions, although they are not responsible for what happened. It must therefore show goodwill and show that the sanctions are not directed against Russian athletes or the Russian people. “Athletes should not suffer,” said the president of the European Football Associations Association.

But the honorary president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Vyacheslav Koloskov, noted that he expected such a result.

“Of course, the expected decision. Nothing has changed in the world. There were no prerequisites for this. After Čeferin’s statement, optimism arose, it was three days ago. And today, a little hope faded, ”Koloskov told Sport24.

The official also noted that Russia opposes the transition from UEFA to the Asian Football Federation (AFC).

“Why am I against moving to Asia? The level of Asian football is an order of magnitude lower than in Europe. Everyone knows that. And they are suddenly presented from heaven to Asia, where there are completely different values. Also, the transition from one confederation to another is an extremely complex matter. And How much will it cost Russian clubs?If Fedun says that the game with Orenburg cost him 70 million, how much will the game in Tehran or Abu Dhabi cost him?! asked Koloskov.

The fact that sanctions against Russia are expected for the 2022/23 season was also told by former Moscow player Spartak Maxim Demenko in an interview with

“It was already clear that we were going to be fired. I had no hope for a different outcome. It’s no coincidence that there have been conversations that we should enter Asian competitions. I didn’t expect anything else,” Demenko said.

Former player of the Russian national team Igor Kolyvanov expressed hope that domestic football will become even stronger.

“Here everything has come to this point. There is not even much to add here. Now you see what happened. But we are strong. We will overcome this. Let’s get stronger. Now we will develop youth, youth football, ”Kolyvanov told

UEFA’s decision was condemned by Spartak’s former coach Massimo Carrera.

“I believe sports should stay out of any political issue!” Carrera told Match TV.

The communication service of the Russian Football Union (RFU) also reacted to the UEFA decision.

“On May 2, UEFA announced a series of decisions by the executive committee of the union that prohibit the participation of Russian clubs and teams in all types of football in the competitions under the auspices of the organization in the 2022/2023 season. In addition, an application declaring that Russia is interested in hosting the European Championships in 2028 or 2032 was rejected.

The Russian Football Union expresses that it categorically does not agree with the decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee. RFU will continue to protect its interests in pending cases at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne and will reserve the right to make new applications”,

– said “Championship” in the communication service.

Probably the only good news is that Russian clubs will not score zero points in the UEFA coefficients table for the upcoming season. For the missed season 2022/23, our federations will add 4,333 points. This is the lowest we’ve earned in the last five seasons.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has excluded Russian clubs and national teams from all international competitions for the 2022/23 season. Former Spartak player Maxim Demenko told that he was waiting for such a decision and recalled the conversation about Russia’s joining the Asian Football Confederation, and former Dynamo Moscow player Igor Kolyvanov expressed his hope that after the disqualification, Russia will become even stronger. The Russian Football Union (RFU) has promised to continue to protect its own interests and will likely submit new applications to the court.

Source: Gazeta


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