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UEFA Banned Russia From Competing In Euro 2024

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UEFA has banned Russia from qualification for Euro 2024 which will take place on October 9. UEFA made the decision on Tuesday. The decision to ban the country was because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Russia and Russian clubs have been banned from entering any UEFA and FIFA competitions since the invasion began in February.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Russia’s appeals against the sanctions in July.

The UEFA executive council first decided to ban Russian teams on February 28, 2022. The Court of Arbitration for Sport affirmed that decision on July 15, 2022.

Additionally, UEFA chose to let Belarus into the 2024 Euro draw despite a government request from tournament host Germany to have the team removed due to Belarus being a Russian military ally.

Belarus will participate in the 53-nation draw that Russia is not able to partake. Due to security concerns, they cannot be in the same group with Belarus’ neighbour Ukraine.

Frankfurt will host the qualification draw for Euro 2024. Along with not able to participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Russia was also disqualified from the tournament’s March qualification play-offs.

Moreover, the nation’s club teams are unable to compete in the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League this year, while UEFA also terminated its sponsorship agreement with Russian energy giant Gazprom.

Other that that, the 2022 Champions League championship were originally taking place in St. Petersburg, but later switched to Paris.

Source: BBC

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