UEFA bans Russian football clubs from all competitions

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Portugal, initially beaten by Russia in the playoffs, will replace the country at the women’s Euro 2022 tournament scheduled for July in England, UEFA have announced.

Russia will not play its two scheduled matches in April for European qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

For the 2022/23 season, Russia will not have any clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Women’s Champions League or UEFA Youth League.

Additionally, UEFA said Russia’s bid to host Euro 2028 or Euro 2032 was deemed ineligible.

The Russian city of Saint Petersburg had already been stripped of the right to host this season’s Champions League final amid a number of sanctions imposed on Russia in March shortly after the start of their invasion of Ukraine.

Those sanctions included an indefinite ban by FIFA, world football’s governing body, from international football and meant Russia were kicked out of European qualifiers for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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