UEFA will prevent Ukrainian and Belarusian teams from being drawn against each other | Soccer News



Teams from Belarus and Ukraine will no longer be able to be drawn in any UEFA competition in the future, the executive committee of European football’s governing body said on Friday.
The move comes after Russia invaded Ukraine, for which Belarus has been a key staging area. Teams from Russia and Ukraine had already been blocked from being drawn long before the conflict began earlier this year.
In March, UEFA said that Belarusian clubs and the national team will have to play all their home matches in UEFA competitions at neutral venues with no spectators allowed.
“Today’s new decision is taken to ensure the smooth running of UEFA competitions as the safety and security of teams, officials and other participants may not be fully guaranteed due to the existence of ‘a military conflict’, UEFA said.
“The UEFA Executive Committee will remain ready to convene further meetings to reassess the legal and factual situation as it develops and to adopt further decisions if necessary.”
UEFA has also approved special rules for the UEFA Women’s European Championship from July 6-31 in England which allow teams to name unlimited substitutes in the event of serious injury or illness, but only before the first match.
The rule change allows teams to replace players who test positive for COVID-19, but once a player is replaced they cannot be readmitted to the roster.


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