Russian clubs prohibited from next season’s Champions League

By Piyush


European football’s governing body declared on Monday, Russian clubs have been prohibited by UEFA from taking part in the Champions League and all other European tournaments next season.

“Russia will have no affiliated clubs participating in UEFA club competitions in the 2022/23 season,” it cited in a statement.

Russian clubs and national teams were suspended ‘until further notice’ by UEFA in February due to the country’s seizure of Ukraine.

The Russian team’s prohibition from the Women’s European Championship to take place in England in July was too vouched on Monday with Portugal taking its place.

Portugal, who was beaten by Russia in a qualifying play-off, will take their place in Group C apace with 2019 World Cup runners-up the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

Furthermore, UEFA announced Russia’s offer to host either the 2028 or 2032 European Championship ‘not eligible.’

Russia’s national team had already been dismissed of the qualifying tournament for this year’s World Cup in Qatar by FIFA ahead of an imperative play-off tie versus Poland in March.

The country’s football federation initially pleaded that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport only to let go its legal challenge last month.

It was also vouched on Monday that Russia will also play no further role in the qualifying campaign for the 2023 Women’s World Cup with all its results so far considered cancelled out.

Likewise, the men’s team will not take part in the Nations League due to begin in June as had been planned, which means they will automatically be placed at the bottom of their group.

UEFA’s statement also vouched Russia’s rejection from qualifying for the next U-21 European Championship.

The Russian football season has carried on since the beginning of the war, on the other hand the Ukrainian club season which was suspended promptly after the seizure and was last week cancelled without a champion being crowned.


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